February 4th, 2008

yulbrynner tux

the best Super Bowl ever (not this one)

1994. We're watching the Super Bowl with a bunch of college chums at the Wallins' house in Menlo Park. C is astoundingly pregnant and a little overdue. (You see where this is going, don't you?)

The game was one of those blowouts where the NFC team beats up the AFC team (probably Denver). At the end, we're slowly saying our goodbyes. C leans over to me and whispers "I think we should go now."

It takes me a few seconds to realize what's happening. We quickly leave the party because we live in San Bruno and the hospital is in San Francisco. On the way out, I ask C "When did the pains start?" and she says "About halftime. But I didn't say anything because I wanted to watch the game."

We zip up to San Bruno, grab some clothes and stuff and zoom up to UCSF. We arrive there at about 9/9:30 PM. There's a couple scary moments (it was a very fast labor). E is born four hours later, at 1 AM in the morning.

I can't tell you who played, I can't tell you the score. But it was the best Super Bowl ever, because it was the day that E came into the world and added a new wonderful dimension to our family.

E's official birthday is January 31, but I always consider Super Bowl Sunday her unofficial birthday. Happy Birthday, E! We love you and we're very glad you're here.
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the email is storming

We had an "email storm" at work. One can read the Wikipedia entry, but the summary is: Someone accidentally sends an email to a big distribution list, and everyone on the list complains, and then complains about the complaints, and so on...

Contributing factors are:
- People having their email reply defaulting to "Reply to All".
- A knee-jerk reaction to of email (rather than just ignoring it or waiting it out).
- General cluelessness.

We had the standard three stages of the email storm:
1) A bunch of "Take me off this list" emails,
2) A bunch of "Don't reply to all folks, it makes it worse" emails,
3) A bunch of "Are you people all idiots? QUIT REPLYING TO ALL" emails.
All, of course, sent as "Reply to All".
(Extra bonus: Since we're using Outlook, there were also a spate of "so-and-so- would like to Recall this message" emails).

There was the typical smattering of attempts to explain things in helpful language ("someone made a mistake", "here's how you set up a filter"), but those got drowned out.

Finally, someone from on high came down and sent a "We are experiencing an email storm. Here's the action you should take." The storm died down after that.

Total of almost 300 emails sent in 45 minutes, each one about 70K thus using 21M in everyone's pitiful email account storage (don't get me started on that). Amazing.

Me? I set up an Outlook rule to permanently delete the emails based on subject and got back to work. Score one for the nerd.