Sunday, June 1, 2008

Started at MSR/LL

I'm in Bellevue, WA now, and just finished my first week as an intern at Microsoft Live Labs. I'm working with Matt Hurst on some social media stuff. So far MSFT has been a fun place to work; everyone seems really happy.

One of the things I'm most excited about is the puzzle culture. I did PuzzleQuest, sponsored by MSFT, once awhile back and really enjoyed it. I hear there is an intern puzzle day as well as weekend-long "The Game" (not to be confused with The Game that I just lost). The latter is apparently invite-only, so I will have to get more details later.

Other notes:

-We found out that some recent work with Leman and Christos was accepted to KDD, so I will be in Las Vegas at the end of August. With my trusty free Microsoft Research nalgene bottle, so as not to dehydrate.
-As I tend to do when I travel, I've done an unusual (for me) amount of non-work-related reading in the past couple months. Will update later with some notes.

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