Last week we took delivery of our office fridge. We got a cheap one; we try to save money where we can. As in many places in life and software development, being cheap has its costs. In this case, el frigo cheapo doesn't fit your standard large pizza box. As you can see, we had to fold the boxes in half and do some Tetris to get them to fit. And we end up with thin crust pizza when it started out thick crust. We probably saved $50 by going with the small fridge. Figuring one or two late nights a week with leftover pizza that nobody wants because it's squashed, and we're losing $20 a week. And heaven help us if there's leftover caesar salad! So be nice to yourself, and thrifty at the same time: order a fridge that fits your hungry software lifestyle.
Our first outside QA tester came in the same day the CEO was on a business trip. We set him up in the Chief's desk. Widget, our cat, didn't seem to notice the difference. Note the snazzy cardboard sunblocking device. That's the sort of class act we are.
IKEA delivered our corporate lounge in a billion cardboard boxes. Put end to end, the surplus allen wrenches would stretch to Market St. Now we can sit down while meeting at the big white "situation boards" that have regulated the ebb and flow of our lives for the last month. Perhaps that's not a good thing: standing meetings are shorter, more actively engage the mind, and they've really only caused a few fainting incidents. And why do they call them coffee tables? Shouldn't they be called foot tables or pizza box tables?
The neighbor directly across has some business that requires lots of dumpsters and white pickup trucks. The greenery is South Park. The big buildings, downtown San Francisco.