Friday, February 12, 2016

042: My Cup Runneth Over

img_20160211_120614-01.jpegI spent the day working through four meetings. Ordinarily I would find meetings draining but today's appointments were fairly fast-moving. They got things decided and done. That has the reverse effect on me. I actually end up feeling invigorated.

My first meeting of the day was with Paring Bert. Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ is quite the celebrity among writers and indigenous peoples. I like him for his big -- albeit sometimes controversial -- ideas and affable manner. I count myself fortunate to have worked with him at various times these past ten years (has it been that long?)

Our meeting was about the Mindanao research index project he had worked on back in 2005, a phenomenal bit of scholarship that had stayed with me all these years. I wanted to use the data for a project I am working on. It turns out the copyright holder was closer than I thought. But that's a story for another time.

The second meeting was at my other office. I am in the middle of tracing through and cleaning up some old code. I needed a consult with my other colleagues about how parameters would be passed and such. My colleagues are my students from three years back. I feel so old and I feel so slow in comparison. But I'm also very proud that they've come this far.

Third meeting was with the Knowledge Management Officer of Mindanao Development Authority. We talked shop about our individual projects, our areas of commonality, and how best we could supplement each other.

Last meeting of the day was with the University Research Council, for the upcoming BlueVote survey. I've been sitting with the URC for some five years now, another singular honor. It's not so much about the position itself but about the people I work with and the work we do. We don't always get things right but I like to think we operate with the right spirit. So far, this is really the best part of working with Ateneo.

Between my meeting with Paring Bert and The Other Office, I had lunch at KFC. Hence, the stolen shot above. I also bought a copy of the Risk board game, which was selling at a discounted price of P500.

I am very much enjoying Sunless Sea. It is not the grind I thought it would be. I like the design and the storytelling method. I also like how I don't have to play for long stretches at a time.