Why we love the Shawshank Redemption

Who among us doesn’t like the cinema?

The multiplex is going out of style, and Hollywood may be focusing on blockbusters and every form of prequel/sequel known to man, but they do, occasionally, get it right. The Shawshank Redemption is, in fact, #1 on IMDB’s list of the best movies ever. Fabulous film, right?

The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.

-Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

(This is the part where I segue into Trackmeet, oh dear reader…)

The team here at Trackmeet, like most other development teams, breaks work into chunks called “sprints”.

From the beginning, we’ve used specific themes to identify a group of sprints. For a time, our theme was countries. Each sprint was a country, and each sprint had a poster. This was the wall on our office for a time:


To make things a little more playful, we chose images that were indirect references to countries. For example, notice the Lego poster? That’s the “Denmark” sprint.

We grew tired of the countries meme after doing 20 or so. So it was time to move on. And so, you guessed it, we’re on to movies. Here’s our wall today:


We alternate choices for sprint names in a round-robin fashion through the team, which gives us ample opportunity to critique each others taste (or lack of it) in movies. 🙂

I’m a baseball fanatic – can anyone guess my recent choice?

Fun with our team photo shoot

We’ve updated our website recently, and realized we needed profile pictures for the team.  What better way to have some fun than do a track and field style shoot with Trackmeet?

I reached out to my kids’ school to see if they’d mind if I borrowed some of their athletics gear.  “No problem!”, replied Gabe Kremler, Director of Athletics.  “What do you need?”  A day and a trip to the gym later, we were ready for a trackmeet.  Er, Trackmeet.

The weather cooperated and we were able to get some great shots out on the patio and in our meeting room.  Overall, we were super psyched with how everything turned out.  Look for these on our website!

The full shoot is available here for the curious: https://goo.gl/photos/5Jf73FLA5ogXbq6M7

Here are our favorites:


Pay attention! (Yes, that’s a javelin)



I got this.



Candy Crush, yeah!



Think, fast!



Gioele’s true calling is clearly as a tablet-toting hurdler.



Bicep curls.  Weight?  1 Noah