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Monday, November 21st, 2011

The only members of the crew who didn’t come down with dysentery were Huston and Bogart, because they were drinking whisky rather than the water, which turned out to be the source of the infection.

The African Queen

On a related note, I’ll be headed to Africa for a month, albeit the other side of the continent, next February.

I’ll need to pack some whisky.

New Zealand Trip 2006

Friday, February 9th, 2007


In mid-2006, I decided that I wanted to use up some of my long-accrued vacation, and started planning a 5 week trip to New Zealand. I’d wanted to go to New Zealand for a couple of years, after having seen photos of the country from my friend Josh’s ’round the world trip.

Typically, for me, planning a trip involves booking transportation, getting a rough idea of what I want to do, and figuring things out when I get there, a tendency which annoys some of those close to me to no end. I didn’t want New Zealand to be any different, so I booked airfare and investigated my in-country transportation options pretty carefully. I finally settled on renting a campervan, so that I’d be able to set my own pace for exploring the country. That settled, I booked the only activity I really had to book in advance, a hut ticket for the Milford Track, which is reputed to be the “finest walk in the world.” That settled, I geared up for the trip, buying lots of photography and hiking gear, and prepared myself for my first vacation outside of North America. (more…)

Tuesday Highlights

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Some highlights from the first day of the Etech conference in San Diego:

  • I got stuck in an elevator with Doc Searls, Steve Gillmor, and 7 other people after breakfast.
  • The Applied Minds presentation was awesome. Danny Hillis started by showing some videos of robots and moved on to a video of a live projection map table and a Myst-like deforming map surface. The projection map table was basically a large touch screen table which allowed people to manipulate a globe-like map by touch, zooming in and out and overlaying different satellite and topographical data sets. There’s a video (local mirror) and press blurb available from Northrop Grumman. Apparently this table uses ArcGlobe and runs about $300,000 (ouch). The deforming map surface was a table which deformed to match the elevation of the topographical map being projected onto it. I cannot express how cool this looks. I want one.
  • Sam Ruby’s “Just Use HTTP” talk did a good job of explaining some of the complexities in making RESTful web services. Slides are up.
  • Werner Vogels’ talk on Interplanetary Scale services was good. He touched on a few things I’ve been thinking about for awhile now relating to epidemics and scalability.
  • Later, I walked around a bit downtown:
    A fountain in downtown San Diego.
  • And went to the vendor reception:
    Vendor reception at Etech.

In San Diego for ETech

Monday, March 14th, 2005

At the moment, I’m in a room in a small motel just off the I-5 in Old Town San Diego. It has wireless Internet access, but no pool. Tomorrow, and through this thursday, I’ll be trekking back and forth to the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Also, for a few hours on wednesday starting around 9:45 I’ll be manning the Apple booth, fielding whatever questions people ask of people like me at conferences like this.

The drive down, following roughly the same route populated by old Spanish Missions, was awesome, with perfect 72°F weather and green grass all the way down the coast. If you’ve ever considered touring California, this looks like the year to do it.

Looking back at home.