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Business sign seen a bit north of San Carlos, on my way down to Sunnyvale: "Oxygen with Attitude" O.o;

If you like the "All is Full of Love" look of the Svedka android, they've put together a Bot Builder - supply the Flash app with a photo, then add any accoutrements you feel appropriate, to see how you'd look as one. ^_^

A couple shorts I particularly enjoyed on the flight in: Yello Sticky Notes, and duelling air guitarists in a quiet suburban street, in the trailer for Air Knob. The former recaps the creator's journey into animation, blending personal insights (and procrastination), politics, and professional development (and lack thereof) into 2,300 sticky notes, showing six years of his life in six minutes, in wry style.

More first impressions of the new MBP: I'm happy with the glossy display. True, there are reflections, but they're easily ignored - and the tradeoff is that it's all still perfectly bright and clear even in strong sunlight. Battery life looks good so far - with the more power-hungry 9600M enabled, I'm currently showing 78% battery left, estimated 4h24 left. Haven't switched around GPUs much yet, but it does seem the 9400M saves a noticeable amount of power, whilst still delivering quite a decent SL framerate. With the 9600, though.. wow. Most sims are so smooth now! And I can play with shadows as well, though those do come with quite a framerate hit - but they do distinctly enhance the sim's realism. (Not sure if it's changed, but the shadow code used to require an Nvidia 8k series or newer)

Ah, United.. got to love looking at a departures display and seeing a flight scheduled for 2250 as "on time", when no boarding's even begun at 2253. =:) The boarding disagreement was sort of amusing, with one agent calling out "rows 20 and higher", to be contradicted by another, requesting 30 and up; then 20 and higher, countered by 25+. I'll board at some point. ^_^

(And promptly missed the apparently magnificent lighting storms around part of the flight, thanks to everyone having their blinds down on a night flight. Wah!)

An interesting little rebuttal of an Archbishop's recent claim along the lines of "internet-based friendships aren't real". I shan't add much to that line of tripe, other than noting how I've met almost all of my persistent friends on the net, and indeed, fell in love via Usenet and email.

View from the pub's terrace last night.. I'd trade it for the Bay in an instant, but this isn't so bad.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Planning ahead of time? Luxury! =:)

I suppose there's not that much to distinguish most of the airlines, but Virgin have been particularly good in the past, and I was mostly very pleased with Air Canada - USB and 110V power on all seats (though seats C were missing the 110V for some reason), and all programming was on-demand, no waiting for the next start of a film you want to watch. Good choices, too, spread across Hollywood blockbusters, Canadian indies, classics, and more; United, on the other paw, always had terribly turgid selections. 'Course, with something like a fully-loaded iPhone, you can keep yourself busy regardless of the airline's offerings. (And I hear some people use collections of paper to entertain themselves, too)

I wonder how far ahead it's worth getting tickets - the USD seems to be slipping back down at the moment (saving me something like £50 on the MBP =:). Still, the UK prices don't seem to alter all that much.

If you fly out of Heathrow, check TfL's site for maintenance work on the line there - I was a bit surprised to find it completely out of commission, leaving me with the Heathrow Express or National Express from Gatwick, both around £30-35 return - more than the cost of getting to London! As it turned out, the former coworker was (very kindly) able to give me a ride both ways, solving the problem entirely. ^_^

Heathrow Express epitomisis all that is evil with capitalism. It's a blatent rip off and they do not even hide it behind their smug grins.

I ALWAYS go for the cheapest air fare available. Flying is a miserable experience for someone of my body dimensions. I cannot justify paying even more than I have to on the off chance that it might make it a tad less miserable.

For me 350 quid return is quite enough of a hit in the pocket.
Looking back; that was a bit of a venom filled post. You just caught me at a bad time I think.
Don't worry about it. ^_^ It all results in the journey taken, after all, and that's what really counts - being able to be with friends, or in some new and nifty part of the world. Or, indeed, both. ^_^

The Heathrow Express did catch me by surprise, especially after seeing how cheap the tube was, and in comparison to any other mainline service. =:P Once I saw £15 each way, I started looking around for alternatives. Certainly, it's fast and frequent, but that's surely a service ripe for competition, as well as Gatwick-Heathrow, which is even more expensive by National Express, who also appear to have a monopoly.

I'll be keeping an eye out for LGW fares next time - that'd be a simpler journey for me, just a hop up on one train. Still, it was wonderfully kind of Gareth to offer a ride.. so easy, going door-to-door like that, even if I wasn't actually lugging all that much this time - just the one big bag with clothing, the Glaros, electrical bits, and my plush companions. ^_^ (And the laptop bag, needless to say, which was oddly heavier on the way back =:)

This is for FC2010, ne? Will you have time to spend in the area before/after the con, exploring the greater area? I admit, I'm much more one for the City than the South Bay - so very walkable. From North Beach to Market's only about a 15-20 min walk, f'rex, and not that much faster by bus, given the lights at every block.