How many pubs are there in Dublin? Parachute out of a plane over
Dublin blindfolded. After you've landed, walk 10 paces in any
direction without removing the blindfold. There's a 90% chance that
you'll be within earshot of a publican, so order a pint. If the
atmosphere doesn't suit you, just walk 10 more paces in any direction.
You'll either be in another pub or the restroom. Either way,...
I'm here at Trinity College for the 4th annual GNOME users and
developers conference (GUADEC)
in Dublin Ireland.
Dublin Ireland time is eight hours ahead of PST back in Silicon Valley
however I've mostly overcome the jet lag. Except from 1-2 PM every
day when I feel like a narcoleptic. It's 1:30 right now and it feels
like my brain is draped with a big hot wet wool blanket.
That was as far...
I'm in Dublin Ireland this week for the
GNOME Users and Developers
Conference (GUADEC, pronounced "gua-dac"). It's a long way from Santa
Clara California, not just in terms of hours and miles but in terms of
queues and security checkpoints. Security has been tightened at
airports by scanning luggage and people and shoes and by repeatedly
checking one's boarding pass and photo ID.
I finally got a chance to wander around the JavaOne "Pavilion" trade show
floor. If you trot out to the edges, you'll see that the Pavilion is
flanked by huge arrays of tables covered by white table cloths and
little isolated clots of laptops and sandwiches attended by glassy
eyed hackers trying not to give in to jet lag. I like to start out at
the edges because that's where the new companies...
If you've been traveling for a long time, opening the final door is an
perspective changing experience that happens so fast that it's easy to
miss. After driving and waiting and getting on the plane and then a
bus and then renting a car and getting lost and getting directions and
then finding the address (had trouble parking) and you knock and the
door opens and the person on the other side...