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Cream of the Cool

Ever since I left the NOC, I've been doing work on a much smaller scale. Now, on the eve of going back to work in the Internet infrastructure, I'm thinking a lot about doing meaningful work, what it means to be doing meaningful work, and small actions in the context of a larger whole.

The kind of work I do, the managing of technical programs (change management, among others), the actual job role, only exists in medium to large sized companies. And, where I'm going,…

The True Meaning of Smekday
by Adam Rex
Hyperion Books, 2007

The True Meaning of Smekday is a children's / young adult novel about that time the Earth was invaded by aliens. And then those other aliens. And how it all worked out okay in the end.

Gratuity Tucci (her mom thought that gratuity meant something else) is one of the first people on Earth to learn about the alien invasion. Unfortunately,…

"You remember that time your mom made up that ghost story about the woman who carried her heart around in her purse?"

Rose and Windy are summer friends, who see each other every year at Awago Beach. Rose is twelve or thirteen; Windy is a year and a half younger, and their friendship faces strains. Rose's parents are drifting apart for reasons we only gradually learn. Rose, meanwhile, finds herself drawn to an older boy with a pregnant girlfriend.

Yes, it's a…

It's June 20th (e2 time) and it's time for Lost Gems of Yesteryear: Odyssey Two to get underway! If that's TL;DR for you, the short version is: Send me a list of up to 5 of your favorite existing e2 writeups, written by different noders other than yourself, from the last 5 years (2010—2015). Then publicize them for the next four weeks in any manner you like. As an example, during the previous LGoY quest I worked my candidates in as hard links in the body of Walking Man 35. Zephronias…