Simon’s Backup Weblog


Driving Miss Mary…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 28, 2006

If you’re wondering what I’m up to, as I brave the twist and turns of New Zealand’s highways pop along to , where she’s BlackBlogging our trip as we go…

Back when I get more connectivity than a mobile phone.

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All tied up

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 22, 2006

Bee in a web
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Bee caught in a spider’s web

Blenheim, New Zealand
October 2006

Spot The Duck

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 22, 2006

Spot The Duck
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Somewhere in this picture is a duck. Your mission, should you choose to accomplish it, is to spot the said bird.

Quack!

Blenheim, New Zealand
October 2006

Aoraki

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 22, 2006

Aoraki
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Aoraki/Mount Cook on a beautifully sunny day, head and shoulders above the rest of the Southern Alps.

New Zealand
October 2006

!Hello America

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 13, 2006

Today we’re in LA, after a night at a very chi-chi hotel on Sunset Boulevard (its Sushi bar served a “Japanese Elvis Roll” – tempura banana and grilled eel with a satay sauce – that was surprisingly nice). We’re just off to spend the day at the Getty Centre, up in the hills, looking at wonderful art and architecture.

Tonight we’ll be in the air, skipping a day to arrive in New Zealand on Sunday morning.

So it’s goodbye to all this, and hello to all that.

Steak and cheese pies, L&P, Tui Beer adverts, Speight’s Southern Man and remembering to run over possums. It’ll be good to be back in Godzone…

Great White, Big Blue

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 12, 2006

Great White, Big Blue
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Great White shark in the Outer Bay tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monterey, California
October 2006

Drive by blogging: two and a half weeks in one go

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 11, 2006

Three weeks goes by so quickly when you hardly have a minute to stop and catch breath. But they’ve been a good and busy three weeks…

We started by flying to the US for Intel’s Developer Forum event. That took a good (and very busy) few days, with lots to learn and to write. Intel’s multi-core strategy is going to be one to watch…

Then I picked up a hire car, and we drove down Silicon Valley to spend some time with and . As always the consumate hosts, they happily put up with our random hours and ocassional tendency to shout at recalcitrant bluetooth hardware.

We managed to meet up with and one night, before our calendar filled up suddenly preventing us from seeing them again. A trip to Casa Del RenFaire introduced us to a new friend, , and the delights of a northern Californian take on the squalor of the middle ages…

When Tuesday’s meetings vanished at short notice (as they’d been booked for Redmond, not Silicon Valley), we decided to spend our wedding anniversary on a brief Highway One road trip. Lunch at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing led to a meeting with wild dolphins and sea otters, and Monterey Aquarium revealed a captive Great White Shark (making a brief stay before being returned to the wild). Science can be Fun! The night was spent with Studio 60 and Heroes in Pacific Grove. No need for bittorrent at prime time…

Driving down Highway One is one of my favourite things to do, challeging sweeps and climbs revealing new vistas on every twist and turn. We stopped at most of our favourite views, and managed to squeeze in brunch at Nepenthe’s Cafe Kevah before the long run down to Piedras Blancas, and the sleeping masses of elephant seals. Turning back we dined at Nepenthe proper, watching the moon rise over the mountains from its terrace.

Wednesday brought the start of an intensive few days of meetings, with a tour around some of HP Labs. We followed that with an afternoon of spam and privacy at Microsoft Research. Thursday was spent between HP facilities in Cupertino and Palo Alto (and a quick stop at WebEx in Sunnyvale). We finally ended the week with a trip down to Azul Systems, and yet more HP meetings…

The weekend saw us finding a wonderful second hand bookshop in Mountain View and geochaching around the Google campus with , rounded off dinner at Tamarine in Palo Alto, before the a drive back to San Francisco for the second of our two conferences, Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce. That came up with a lot more interesting things to learn about, including their new Apex programming environment. We also managed to fit in an early breakfast with Dick Hardt of sxip identity.

Dreamforce over now, and we’re packing up for tomorrow’s flight down to Los Angeles and the long journey on to New Zealand. Just time to post some books home…

In the meantime, expect more photoblogging

Clinging on

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 11, 2006

Clinging on
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Hairy caterpillar

Mountain View, California
October 2006

Three Dolphins

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 11, 2006

Three Dolphins
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Three dolphins, off Moss Landing

Moss Landing, California
October 2006

Google Falls

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 11, 2006

Google Falls
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Sunset over the Google campus, from Google Falls in Charleston Park.

Mountain View, California
October 2006