Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar Maribou says:

    Thanks for writing this, Mike, I enjoyed reading it.

    I’ve had a rough weekend so far, but it’s looking up. Friends came down today, we went for a walk, i’ve spent the evening watching documentaries, and my weekend / staycation is not actually over till I go back to work next FRIDAY, so how bad can it be, right?

    Plus, oh yeah, Jay supposedly gets back on Monday evening. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise…Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Maribou says:

      We’ve had a successful trip out here and said our goodbyes and, this morning, I *FINALLY* slept in past 3AM!

      Just in time to turn around and go home and mess up our sleep schedules one last time.

      We’ve got a handful of stories from being out here including the story of my friend getting sick and having to go to a hospital and what was entailed in that (no politics).

      The big thing, though, is that, this weekend, I get to go home.

      Finally. I miss my wife, I miss my cats, I miss my bed, I miss my keyboard, I miss my washing machine and dryer, I miss my refrigerator, I miss my weather, I miss my driving culture, I miss pork products, I miss downright near everything.

      The shower in the hotel is nice. They also aren’t screwing around when they say “spicy” in front of a dish here, unlike Germany.

      But I want to get back to my home. I miss my home very, very much.Report

  2. Avatar Miss Mary says:

    Surrobaby is dominating this weekend. My high school buddy is in town from California. We had brunch, but my nausea has been so bad I haven’t been able to enjoy anything. I had an OB appointment on Friday where we talked about and scheduled genetic testing, which is easily the most difficult part of surrogacy for me because I’ll be emotionally devastated if the intended parent chooses to terminate the pregnancy. My son and I have lunch with the intended father tomorrow to get to know him better and hopefully talk about some pregnancy related details that haven’t been worked out yet.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordan says:

    I saw Hidden Figures. Nothing surprising, since it’s a historical pic, but it was well executed, & Kevin Costner didn’t annoy the hell out of me.Report

    • Kevin Costner not being annoying counts as a surprise.

      Looking at recently released films, I see that Ben Affleck directed a film version of Live By Night, which is a book by Dennis Lehane. Lehane also wrote Gone, Baby. Gone, which Affleck also directed a film version of, and Mystic River, the film of which was directed by Clint Eastwood and won three of the top five Oscars.

      I didn’t care for the book Live By Night all that much. It’s a sequel to This Given Day, which is about baseball, race, corruption, love, family and the Boston Police Strike. Highly recommended.Report

  4. Avatar KenB says:

    Rogue One surpassed my (pretty low) expectations — it’s the first one I actually enjoyed since the original trilogy. It’s been amusing to see the reactions from the data security professionals though.

    On Friday night, I played Alchemists with my boardgaming crew — it’s not perfect but it’s pretty fun, kind of a combination of worker placement and Clue on steroids. We’re not super-competitive, so by the end it had almost become a cooperative venture to identify all the alchemicals.Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird says:

    On the ground in Germany. We made it through security and I got to second base with a kindly German TSA agent.

    Now I am hoping that the weather in Chicago allows for us to not only land but also take off again.Report