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Blog Archive for hansmuller during June 2003

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. Within the...
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...