Friday, 31 October 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
If you ever needed motivation to give up - I would have thought that being stared at by everyone else in the departures lounge would be pretty effective :-)
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
I was surprised at how much more enjoyable flying with EasyJet is. Maybe it's just Ryanair setting a low bar, but it seemed like a much less stressful exercise. One crucial difference is that EasyJet pre-board families, whereas Ryanair makes them pay. I don't understand this - families need to be sat together and they slow things down. It just makes sense to get them on first. EasyJet appear to preboard their Speedy people first, then families, then everyone else.
In addition, they categorize "everyone else" into groups so they can manage the crush to get a seat. Ryanair basically encourages a free-for-all. This just brings out the worst in people. (I remember being pushed out of the way even though I had a leg in plaster and using crutches!)
I expect we'll be flying to Ljubljana in the future...
[The only downside of the trip is that I returned with a stomach-bug that has laid me low for most of today. I had to cancel my seminar at Oxford due this afternoon - I barely made it to the corner store this evening let alone a drive to Oxford :-( ]
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Monday, 20 October 2008
There is a lot to blog about, but here's one of the interesting cultural differences I experienced on this trip: my first time at a drive-thru ATM (at Wells Fargo in Bellevue):
[Apologies for the blue-tint: somehow I screwed up the white-balance setting on my phone.] You can just about make out the car-door and the wing-mirror.
America really is the land of convenience!
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Ryan's talk was interesting too: he discussed how games are increasingly taking advantage of multicore shared-memory machines, but also how difficult that can be. He showed some of the programming patterns they use, but he also pointed out how some things could be better supported by language design. I found this very interesting - there does seem to be a sweetspot for a practical language that has a constrained scattering of some POPL-esque language design features.