June 19, 2007

Narita, Sakura Lounge, nursing a pokemon wound

Sometimes, Japan is everything you need it to be. I'm only here for 3 hours, waiting on my flight to Guangzhou, but it has already infused my brain with the Japanness. It's not the mini akihabara that is the duty free, nor is it the odd lack of a Cinnabon. No, it's the kid who flung a pokemon at me.

Well, okay, not at me, but sort of near me.

I choose you pikachu. Man, I'm sleepy.

June 16, 2007

Synergy, I wub you.

Synergy is an amazing little utility that allows you to share your mouse and keyboard (and to a lesser degree your clipboard) from machine to machine, independent of OS. So, for instance, at work I have a Linux desktop and a windows (with virtual machines) laptop. Google provides a handy dock and such, so when I get to my desk, I pop her in the dock and run the synergy client. Then the keyboard and mouse on my desk simply move from one screen to another as if they are made of sparkley magic. All hail synergy, the best little utility ever.

June 15, 2007

Overheard at work....

My pal Todd, who runs the no-name cafe in building 43 responding to Jeremy Allison's profession of culinary love and admiration of the peach soup:

"That's funny you say that. That was a very polarizing soup"

June 14, 2007

Heading to China Next Week

I'm heading to the Linux Annual Summit in Ghuangzhou next week pre-foo camp. This will be my first trip to China, which might seem unusual, but our Chinese office asked me to consider the conference and I thought it would be interesting to expose myself to Linux in Asia in this manner and also, obviously, to experience a Chinese city for the first time.

I admit to being a little worried about the Air quality, although I was told by a friend that Guangzhou is one of the cleaner cities from that perspective. The energy (mostly coal derived) that is consumed in China is truly fearsome. I heard that they were adopting a crack schedule of nuclear power production and I think that from what I hear that it'll be none too soon from an air pollution perspective.

When I was a child, I remember how filthy the air in Salt Lake City was. You'd go skiing in the beautiful mountains, where the air was so clear it was astonishing and you'd literally drive into a miasma of pollution on your way down the mountain. This was most pronounced going down little cottonwood canyon after a fun day of skiing at Alta.


That all said, I feel like, with this trip to China, that I'm visiting the birthplace of all of my Electronics. Sort of a trip home for them.

June 10, 2007

My pathetic predictive performance....with major spoilers!

So, just watched the sopranos, as promised. And here's how I did:







Space to protect the innocent...























1) Tony's gonna die. Or live and hope he's dead. Okay, I'm leaning towards dead.

-1 I clearly suck at predicting.

2) Tony Jr.'s not gonna die, he's too annoying to .

+1

3) Hesch will live.

+1

4) Sil won't.

-1, He was alive at the end...

5) Paulie will, but you'll wish he didn't.

+1

6) Carm, Meadow will likely live.

+1

7) I take it back, Meadow is going to die. Sorry Meadow.

-1, but she not good at parallel parking.

8) Fed dudes at Satriales will not arrest tony. (but something will happen with them, maybe)

+1! (I might claim +2 for how much the fibbie helped tony)

9) Phil's gonna die.

+1

10) That creepy looking guy working for Phil's gonna die. The one with the beady eyes?

-1, Beady was the peacemaker/traitor to phil.

11) We'll see Dr. Melfi for like all of 3 seconds.

-1, Nope.

12) There will be loose ends that are never gonna get tied up, cause, you know, that's life.

+1, I should get major credit for this one :-) This was the genius of this episode, Tony's life continues.

13) The last scene will be Tony sucking on a stogie.

-1 Nope. Does an onion ring count?

14) The ducks will be back in the pool.

-1, not in evidence.

All in all, one of the nerviest endings I've ever seen a tv go out with. My score, 0. Half right, half wrong.

Soprano's Lock Down. Confirmed...

So I am so interested in keeping tonight's episode a surprise, that I will not be checking email, looking at Blogs or doing anything even remotely electronic until -after- the episode. No spoilers for me.

Predictions:

1) Tony's gonna die. Or live and hope he's dead. Okay, I'm leaning towards dead.
2) Tony Jr.'s not gonna die, he's too annoying to .
3) Hesch will live.
4) Sil won't.
5) Paulie will, but you'll wish he didn't.
6) Carm, Meadow will likely live.
7) I take it back, Meadow is going to die. Sorry Meadow.
8) Fed dudes at Satriales will not arrest tony. (but something will happen with them, maybe)
9) Phil's gonna die.
10) That creepy looking guy working for Phil's gonna die. The one with the beady eyes?
11) We'll see Dr. Melfi for like all of 3 seconds.
12) There will be loose ends that are never gonna get tied up, cause, you know, that's life.
13) The last scene will be Tony sucking on a stogie.
14) The ducks will be back in the pool.

Have fun! See you after and I'll grade my predictions then :-)