Last Sunday we hitched a ride with the AUC guys down to Silicon Valley. It was the same as last year’s tour: Fry’s (the small one) where I bought an SSD and some Altoids; the Computer History Museum, which was smaller and less impressive than last year but they still have the mechanical difference engine which is great; and Apple HQ at 1 Infinite Loop, where I bought a T-shirt, a shirt for work, and a microphone/button for my phone.
On our last day in Tokyo we went down to the Odaiba area. Great idea! Odaiba is basically Tokyo’s giant amusement park. In contrast to some of the narrow streets back in town, Odaiba is expansive, and has well-designed everything.
There is the Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. It has displays of robots, cat brains, the space station, genetically-engineered plants, model demonstrations of concepts from quantum mechanics, and best of all: a fully-working mechanical model of the internet.
Welcome back to the snow…uh, show. Our heroes had found themselves in beautiful bamboo groves, Zen gardens and temples in Arashiyama (lit. stormy mountain), on the west side of Kyoto. This was an entirely sensible situation for a pair of tourists to find themselves in.
What would have been even more sensible is if I had worn sensible shoes. Sneakers are not for prolonged walking, even if these ones had recycled car-tyre soles.
Welcome back! Last episode, our heroes had suddenly found themselves with rapid-onset heart attacks and Pocky, and had gone past a giant crab. Well I’m pleased to say we got back to the hotel just fine. After chilling in the hotel room and blogging for a bit, we went for dinner.
The problem with blogs is that I always have little or no time to write. During this trip I’ve been trying to squeeze in the time, but until now it’s been at the very end of the day when I’d rather be sleeping. This time I’m trying to do it after breakfast. Now I have a new problem: doing bloggable stuff while I’m trying to blog!
So, backtrack. Monday kicked off in traditional Secret Lab style (coffeetime); this time, we tried Peet’s.
So I have mehfforted on the blogging for the past couple of days; it started on Wednesday when I decided that I really didn’t have much to talk about (WWDC content being under a certain agreement whereby I can’t tell you the content) so since that took up most of each day, it seemed worthless to post about it.
Now it is Sunday night, so I have plenty of content I can tell you about. (This is also the post I am “treating myself to” for successfully upgrading WordPress manually.)
Things I learned today:
Applied Queuing Theory. The outside queue to WWDC at about 5:30 AM Queues in Practice and Principle. Another shot of the queue Queues and You: A lesson in hidden opportunities. The queue inside Starbucks Queue Participation for Fun and Profit Internal queue friends Time and Distance: A queue-theoretic case study Are we there yet? Escalating Queues to the Next Level Skilled "escalatio" practitioners on the way up Go go go!
After furiously uploading the previous post, and having a furious amount of sleep, I awoke nice and early and Paris not long afterwards. Showers, clothes, and a pile of chat happened, and we slowly assembled on the couches in the lobby.
If I were completely accurate, I would have to say my journey started when I told Paris I wanted a ticket to WWDC even if the AUC weren’t going to give me one for a scholarship. But in actuality it started last week when I decided to shift my sleep schedule in order to make the transition to US Pacific time smooth. Easy: because my alarm clock is really my Mac Mini and a combo of iCal, iTunes, Automator and ABC Classic FM streaming radio, all I had to do was shift the events in iCal and all was good to go.