Started being productive (at least a little bit) today. Began doing morning check-ins, where <10 people meet in a group to basically just state what they did yesterday and what they're planning to work on today (staff participate, too, so not everything is explicitly programming-related--just part of the overall work philosophy of the space). I was initially a bit skeptical of such a simple and non-binding sort of accountability, but interestingly enough, just knowing that you need to say something (and assuming you're not comfortable lying to well-meaning people) is enough to push you to at least attempt things daily that can actually be summed up in a sentence or two.
- I left around 5:30 PM to get drinks with Alex in the Financial District, but decided to come back to RC later on (~11:00). I was curious to see if anyone was still around--I'd heard that some RCers are night owls--and there were 5-6 people still there. I didn't actually get much done, but had a brief chat with David, an alum, about jobs and doing what you're interested in at RC, not necessarily what everyone else is working on (see bit in last post about machine learning). He also said that further along in the batch, more people stay late--so I'll definitely be back.
- I rubber ducked today for Dan on a package manager similar to npm that he's designing for Go. Really my first group anything, but was pleasantly surprised with how well I was able to understand the structure of the project despite having no experience with the particular technology involved and that I was able to make some actually useful comments (I think). Going to do more of this.