January GitHub Summit

Since GitHub is so distributed (roughly ⅔ of us work from somewhere that isn’t San Francisco), we take extra care to make sure we know each other. Every six months, we hold a summit, where everyone gathers in one place for a week of face time.

For the January 2013 summit, I was alone for the first couple of days. Here’s what I sent to Becky to let her know I had landed safely:

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And here’s what it looked like when I reached GitHub HQ. I have a new T-shirt and I’m talking to my nerd friends, so my grin is huge.

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That was Sunday afternoon. The next day was the first day of organized activities, and the whole company trucked to this awesome place, which is kind of like a playground for making industrial art. After lunch, we all contributed to a group project that will eventually hang in the office, and then got to learn something just for fun.

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My main project was a fused-glass mosaic tile. No blood was shed in the making of this photo.

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Afterward, I tried my hand at oxyacetylene cutting and arc welding, which means I got to wear a very stylish coat.

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And headgear:

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Here’s the end result of all that. It’s pretty hideous, and Becky and I both agreed it didn’t really fit into our home decor. It might still be at GitHub HQ, I’m not sure.

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That night the company took over a a great restaurant named Zero Zero. We ate, drank, and made merriment until late in the night.

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Day 2 was full of presentations and talking, and the exchange of secrets regarding which I am sworn to silence. So there aren’t many photos, except from the beginning of the day.

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Day 3 was full of more meetings, but Becky arrived just in time for a tour of our under-construction office space.

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… and a fancy dinner at Bluxome Street Winery, where vast quantities of food and wine were consumed, to great effect.

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Day 4 of the summit was designated “hack day;” the idea was to work on something cool that you don’t normally work on. Here’s what that looked like:

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Not much to look at, I know. Here’s lunch:

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*Yawn*. How about a twilight photo from my photographer wife?

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That’s more like it. And an open-bar party at an awesome techno club, with all GitHub DJs? Yup, that happened too.

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The next morning was hard to look straight in the eye, but we managed.

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My friend Steven! (his name has punctuation in it, deal with it), who is a world-class competition barista, gave a class on pulling espresso shots. Mine were pretty terrible.

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Our activity for the day was FurCon a scavenger hunt! In typical GitHub style, this one involved plenty of drinking, men in drag, and general inappropriateness. We all got to know San Francisco (and each other) a little better in the process.

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I briefly considered lobbying for extra scavenger points for having been pooped on in the line of duty.

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Becky thinks this photo pretty much captures the mood of the afterparty. I was doing this:

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…while she was outside getting this:

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The very next morning, we flew to Belgium (stay tuned).

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