Just noticed that it's been over a month since my last update. It's not that there hasn't been anything to write about. I've just been tied up for most of the time, and too lazy to write for the rest of the time. If you follow my twitter stream
, you'll know what I've been up to... more or less.
First up, a big Happy Birthday hug to my little niece Erika. dianaparadise
might post pictures soon, so will be waiting for those.
Next, FOSS.IN. It's happening in less than a month from now, and the ayttm team has proposed a workout
. Register if you're interested. I'll be there. I've submitted a bunch of talks, but I don't yet know if they've been selected or not.
Over a month ago, I started working on YUI. This is a part-time stint, in addition to my nightly work on the performance team, and my once a month updates to our unofficial wordpress installations. I ported my strftime library
to YUI to create the Date formatter
. I'm supposed to write up a blog post on how best to use the formatter, but multiple emergencies at my day job (which I work on at night), have put a hold on that.
I spoke at the F2E summit at Yahoo! Sunnyvale
, where Subbu snagged a pic of a vary fat me
showing off internal only code to an audience of Yahoo! engineers. Don't bother searching for stuff - all the interesting bits are on the right side of the screen.
I also did a little poster session at an i18n summit we had internally, where I demoed the i18n features of the date formatter.
In non-work related news, bluesmuse
was in town, and we went whale watching at Monterey. We were extremely lucky. When we got there, all tickets had been booked, so we were put onto a waiting list. When it was time to leave, they started calling names off the waiting list. The first two groups went through. The third name that they called wasn't there. The fourth one went through, and we got the last two tickets.
So we got onto the boat and sailed out. Saw loads of Harbour Seals, California Sea Lions, birds and a couple of Sea Otters on the way out. Once we'd reached the canyon, we started looking around for whales.
Saw a group of 3 or 4 humpbacks, and followed them for a while until another group of 3 came around. We stuck around there for a while, and then headed out further. As we went, we were joined by a school of dolphin. And then another, and another, and another. There were hundreds of dolphins all over. Three different species of dolphins and one species of porpoise. And loads of humpback whales. They were all over the place.
Then all of a sudden, one of the whales breached the surface. It jumped straight out and landed with a huge splash. And then it did it again.
The dolphins, not to be outdone started doing their own acrobatics. One of them started doing somersaults and back flips and a whole bunch of other tricks. Just for the heck of it. Then two of them started doing it together. Absolutely amazing.
I've got a load of pictures and videos, but not the bandwidth to upload them. Will post an update when I do.
We also went up Mt. Hamilton and saw the Lick Observatory. I got motion sickness half way up, and I was driving, so had to stop and take a break for a few minutes. We got to the top about five minutes before the last tour of the day, so that was another piece of luck.
Back in August, bluesmuse
and I met up in Chicago and spent a weekend exploring the Windy city. A bunch of photos are up on facebook
, but there are more to come.
Ok, that's probably it for an update of the past.
For the future... I'll be in Bombay between the 22nd and 25th of November, after which I head to Bangalore. Back in Bombay a few days after foss.in until the 9th when I head to Hong Kong for a day, and then back to the valley. In February, I'll be in Singapore speaking at the OSSPAC conference there. I have two talks, but I haven't finalised my dates yet. Other travel may happen, but nothing finalised. I'd have liked to have made it to FOSS.MY, but too short notice, and I can't afford so many international trips in such a short span of time.
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