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The book sits on a living room floor; beside it are a tall yellow giraffe and a medium pink elephant.It’s been a while since I’ve done any paper folding; trying some designs from Crease + Fold by Sok Song. Construction paper is definitely not the best for clean lines, but Theo was sharing.

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Four people sit on a stage at the Amazon Meeting Center in front of a Goodreads banner and the projected cover of the book. Neal is second from left and Nicole is third.Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear my favorite author, Neal Stephenson, and his coauthor, Nicole Galland, speak for the first time about their new book, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., an epistolary novel that comes out today.

They had spoke some about Shakespeare during their talk, and then answered my question during the Q&A about if they had any words or phrases they hoped would enter common usage. Neal apologetically noted that Cryptonomicon is to his knowledge one of the first usages of “serial entrepreneur”.

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Seattle 🏗

I get great views of Seattle under construction from the 23rd floor.

The tower crane is up and the foundation is starting to be poured for Amazon's third office tower on Lenora StNumerous tower cranes dot the Denny Triangle with the Space Needle and Queen Anne in the background.

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Finally doing some of the touristy things in Seattle while our friend Rebekah visits. The glass gardens are beautiful!

A huge tower of tangled blue glass from the Sealife exhibit.A wooden Venetian style boat on a black reflective surface full of colorful glass bowls and flowers.The back of our son's head as he looks at the reflection of a green glass chandelier.

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The view of the Space Needle and Downtown Seattle from Section 318 of Safeco Field.My first Mariners home game in 30 years, and kiddo’s first baseball game.

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Lego Robots

Two large projection screens show close up Lego robot action on the tables set up in the foreground.Watching a bunch of elementary and middle schoolers compete in the FIRST Washington Lego Robotics “Animal Allies” Seattle Semifinals, hosted by Amazon. Some cool obstacles/challenges!

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Hello World

The view from inside Amazon Day 1, 3rd floor, overlooking 7th and Blanchard. The large 'Hello World' sign is visible in the window reflection on the left, and the actual lit D is visible from behind on the right, all before Queen Anne Hill in the distance a grey Seattle afternoon sky.

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Foggy Christmas

Looking north out of our windows over Republican St down the alley between Amazon Fiona building and Union office tower under construction. A thin slice of Lake Union and distant Wallingford are cloaked in yellow-blue fog. The colored lights of our Christmas tree are reflected in the foreground.
A foggy Merry Christmas from South Lake Union! 

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Candy Land

All four meeples are on the board in the Molasses Swamp.The cousins are playing Candy Land and like this rare board state where everyone is close together.

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Full of Stars

A closed 13" MacBookPro12,1 is connected to a widescreen monitor featuring an image of the rainbow colored stargate from the end of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"Got my new work monitor, a Dell U3417W 34″ curved widescreen. I already feel more productive!

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Nicolas Ward

Software engineer in Natural Language Processing research by day; gamer, reader, and aspiring UltraNurd by night. Husband to Andrle
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