I dread taking minutes at working group meetings because it usually means projecting a text editor which is hard to read for the other people in the meeting, and hard to edit for the minute taker. I’ve used IRC, but I hate that the minutes get polluted by the “back channel” discussion. On the flight over, I thought to myself, “Hey, I could easily make a little web app to do this.” Here it is. Everything is stored in the DOM, and there’s no save back to the server which is an issue. It would be nice to have a backend store for minutes to make sure there’s a backup in case of a browser crash, but I did this between the plane and jet lag. I also haven’t tested it in anything but Firefox and Safari. If it works for you, great. If not, sorry.
Instead of providing its own network, the W3C decided this year to use the hotel’s network… which I don’t think was designed to handle a couple hundred nerds and their laptops all connecting at once. Connectivity has been spotty, and it’s been fun to watch a large group of people used to being connected all the time without that connectivity. I have a feeling that the waiting room at a methadone clinic looks about the same.
Otherwise, my jet lag has been horrible, but the food is still lovely, and the weather is great. I’m looking forward to the next four days of meetings.
Tip: Women with PMS should not be allowed to run out of chocolate cake while their husbands are away.
OMG, I broke Brian. He won’t stop crying!
Ok, I didn’t really break him, but it is true that he won’t stop crying, which is unusual for him. He is being such a baby. Sheesh!
Kevin is never allowed to leave again.
Kevin is in France right now, enjoying the fine food, people, culture, and scenery. I was supposed to be with him, but my little baby cousin is getting married tomorrow. (Eeek, she is too little to get married! No matter that she obviously isn’t!) Both grandmas were planning on going to her wedding, so they wouldn’t be available for watching the kids. I told them, ever so graciously, “Go to the wedding. Its fine. Go.” It turns out though, that neither grandma is going. Harrumph! My mom couldn’t go to the wedding because of the effects of Katrina. So, I blame Mother Nature for me not being in France. Yea, I am not sure how logical that is, but you know, I am not in France, so I get to blame whomever I want
I’m in France!! This post would have a picture of Mandelieu at the top, but I forgot the USB cable for the camera (because I’m smart). Other than not sleeping at all on the plane (I tried, laws yes, I tried), the trip was fine. I met Molly at the airport after her flight from London and we shared a ride to the hotel. I’ve no driven in another country! It wasn’t all that scary, other than stalling the car a couple times (mushy clutch and the fact that I haven’t driven stick in months) and a mad rush to find change for the toll. We got off the highway too soon and ended up winding our way through Cannes, and then had a lovely drive along the beach until we saw the big R on the side of the hotel.
I stayed up until 8:30, and woke up for good around 4:30. Now, I’m just waiting a little while until breakfast, and then it’s time for Nerd-a-palooza 2006!
My pal Daniel interviewed me on his blog, and asked a lot of questions about web standards, web 2.0, and CSS. Go check it out
It’s been a good trip, both work-wise and, more importantly, food-wise. I’ve had some great meals this week at some of the coolest restaurants in Mountain View:
* Hobee’s – I love breakfast places, and Hobee’s is one of the best I’ve ever found. Great hashbrowns and coffee cake that will make you forget your troubles.
* Los Charros – Thanks to Kristin’s suggestion, I got the best carnitas I’ve had since leaving Tucson. Good carnitas (shredded pork, sometimes flash fried right before serving) are hard to find.
* Frankie, Johnny and Luigi Too – Good Italian food, and the dutch apple pie is to die for. If you go, get the sausage bread and the veal scallopini.
* Sylvia’s – On Castro street, wow, some really really good Indian food. Best butter chicken and lamb roganjosh I’ve ever had. I wonder if they’re open for breakfast…. I could go for a dosa.
It’s on a plane this afternoon and home. My ankle survived the trip pretty well, although I’m not looking forward to the plane. My ankle needs a good session with ice and electrocution, which hotel ice is just not doin’. I stood too much yesterday while giving my two presentations (well, one with Arun) and now it’s pretty stiff. Oh well, I’ll know better next time.
Oh, and I think I’m going to Hobee’s again for breakfast this morning unless I can find a Mexican place open for breakfast. I’m jonesin’ for a breakfast burrito.
Thanks to everyone who gave me advice on headphones. I realized that since I have a little time before my flight tomorrow morning, and that the west coast has Fry’s Electronics, I’m gonna go see what I can try out there. Why are there no Fry’s on the east coast? We’re stuck with Circuit City or Best Buy, which is why I buy almost everything electronic or computer-related online.
Update: I ended up buying a little pair of over-the-ear JVC’s at Fry’s last night (Roger had to catch a plane, so we left a little early and went to Fry’s before dinner – Sylvia’s in Mountain View – awesome Indian food). They were cheap, but they’re not ear buds, and they’re small. I’ll let you know how it goes. I maybe I just need a bigger backpack…
I tried earbuds from the iPod. I can’t keep them in my ears unless I’ve jammed them into my ear drums and the covers always come off. I’ve tried my old over the ear cheap-o headphones. Yeah, they’re small and portable, but the sound quality sucks. I have a pair of noise-reducing headphones, but they’re so large that if they’re in my backpack, nothing else is in my backpack (think old-school studio headphones).
So, frequent travelers, what do you use? Have you found a good pair of (ideally noise-reducing) small non-earbud headphones that have good sound quality and are small enough to fit in a backpack side pocket with your iPod?
Oh, interweb, help me solve my dilemma before I spend 12 hours in a plane!