Hurricane Sandy tore through the East Coast but Matrix Group managed to stay open. On Sunday night, after the federal and local government and all the local schools announced they would be closed Monday and Tuesday, I decided to keep the office open because our non-local clients need us to stay open. Local clients often need us to update their sites when they can’t do it themselves and because the last quarter of the year is always a a busy time for us.
While a few people made it into the office both days, most of us worked from home. Here’s what we did to maintain communications between staff and keep the work (and the jokes!) flowing:
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On Tuesday, April 17, the Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA’s oldest surviving shuttle, made one more flight, this time to its last home, the Smithsonian’s amazing Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport. Before touching down at Dulles, Discovery did a flyover across the DC area while strapped on to the back of a 747. Knowing that our office in Crystal City, close to the Potomac River and National Airport, was in Discovery’s flight path, we all waited eagerly for its arrival from Florida.
Needless to say, not much got done around the office around 10am as the entire staff waited for Discovery to come into view. We watched from the roof, from my office (which has views of the Potomac), from Eric’s office (which has views of the Washington monument) and the bike path along the Potomac. We took pictures, we tweeted, we posted on Facebook, we uploaded our photos, and we joined the conversation with the hashtag #spottheshuttle on Twitter.
Even though we’re pretty busy, it was just plain fun to take a break, go up to the roof, enjoy the gorgeous weather and cheer like schoolchildren when Discovery came into view. Yep, we lost some billable time, but sometimes, you’ve got to stop and smell the jet fumes.We’re all still smiling about seeing Discovery. It was a special event, not to be missed.
Did you get a chance to watch Discovery in its final tour? Where were you?
It’s 3pm. A group of Matrix Group staff are climbing up 14 flights of stairs (to our office on the 12th floor) to get a bit of exercise. Around 4pm, a different group goes to the deli downstairs for a snack. If you’re like us, you often need a brain break in the middle of the afternoon to clear your mind and get the blood flowing again.
Enter snack o’clock, Matrix Group’s new blog, which will feature brain food for Web developers and designers. A couple of times a week, we’ll feature cool CSS tricks, discuss sites we loves, show off something cool we just programmed, let you know about upcoming web trends, and share a favorite book or resource.