Tired, so very...very...tired...
I've been unbelievably busy over the past few weeks, so here's a quick update. Work has definitely picked up, I'm now lead SA on three major projects (the third landed today), all suffering the typical scope creep that everyone loves in mid-project. I've settled into the work environment at this point, with five months under my belt, but I'm still meeting people and figuring out the dynamics between departments. Weird stuff, I'm definitely not accustomed (nor entirely comfortable with) "big-company politics"; I miss working in a smaller environment.
When we left off, our brave Python adventurer was thinking he'd push a 0.1 release out for a general beating. So much for planning. I haven't touched it in about two weeks now, although I started working up some high-level documentation a couple of days ago on how the whole system fits together, so people aren't stuck scratching their heads wondering what the hell all that code does. ;-)
Car and Driver
So I finally made it to an Autocross event on Sunday, hosted by a local car club. Having never driven like that before, I was pretty impressed with how quickly I picked up on it; it's an incredible rush, and you learn an incredible amount about how your car handles in just a day of driving. The new catback exhaust is also on the car, which definitely made a difference at the top end (and just plain sounds cool), with the downpipe and high-flow cat on the way. Mmm, faster.
We (Erica and I) also managed to get a 1" body lift and new 31x10.5" tires installed on her Jeep Wrangler; we're both sore from the work, but it was worth it. It's like a completely different vehicle; you need to reach at least an extra two or three inches just to get in, and there's a distinctive low moan as you drive down the road from the tires. We still have a little work to do (swap the steering stabilizer and install a set of sway bar quick-disconnects), but it's already pretty obvious that it will handle a lot better when she takes it through a mud trail.