An Actual Update

I haven’t updated this with actual content in ages. Life has been crazy busy and stressful but all in an awesome way. We’re coming down to the last few things that need doing for the wedding and then after that we just do the deed in April. Nora and I have been living together for years now, but the concept of being someone’s husband is just so large (lacking a better descriptor for it). I suspect when it comes down to it very little in our day to day will change, and yet everything will be different. I’m excited and nervous – I’m looking forward to it more than any other event I’ve ever anticipated before.

I’ve been at the new job for a month now and it’s really fantastic. I have an enormous amount to learn which is a great feeling. My boss is very relaxed and chill, which is such a 180 from where I spent the last three years that I find myself reeling from the shock of it all. The work is enjoyable and I actually look forward to getting to work so I can get cracking on things. The people I work with are all extremely welcoming and friendly, which has made this transition pretty easy. I’m even on a first name basis with the folks at the coffee shop downstairs – one of them is putting a copy of Machete on my flash drive right now so I can watch it.

My LJ mood sums it up – I’m content (and happy) for the first time in a really long time.

Coming Soon to a Kendall Square Near You

I’ve told a few of you already but as I just officially gave my notice today I can announce to the LJ community. I received an official offer from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals today and waited a whopping 8 seconds to put in my notice. I start my new job with the new year, so January 3rd I’ll be working out of the 1 Kendall Square plaza. Those of you in that neck of the woods, we should grab food of the lunch variety some time 🙂


I’ve actually got everything I need in my day-to-day work life running natively in Ubuntu 10.10 (no use of WINE emulation) on my work PC. The MAPI plugin for Evolution works passably well with Exchange 2007. Pidgin offers a sipe plugin that works with Office Communicator. Everything else (Office, PuTTY, etc.) has a native Linux equivalent that I prefer. I’ll keep my Windows system online so I have something I can RDP into from home through our VPN system but barring that I think I’m set for now with this box. w00t 🙂


You’d think my coworkers were currently under the tender mercies of a Cardassian military interrogator. I’ve never heard a group of people bitch so much about lights being on. For the first time in three years, I can actually see the floor. Granted, it’s not a pretty sight…but I can still see it. I am interested to see if this has any impact on how I sleep tonight. I have this theory that my day-to-day life as a cave bat has removed the very small semblance of a circadian rhythm that I once possessed. I look forward to when we move into the new building and we will have the lights on all the time. I never had myself pegged for a daywalker, but spending three years working in a dank hole really brings out the light-lover in me.

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