Journeys

  • SXSW: A Critical Look At OpenID

    March 10, 2008

    Arguably one of the more interesting panels here at SXSW, A Critical Look at OpenID gave people the chance to ask a lot of question that as a non-developer I found relevant. The panel opened with a helpful comparison of OpenID to email. Your email address tells people something about you. (@gmail.com tells people you... Read More

  • SXSW: The Zuckerberg Interview Fiasco

    March 10, 2008

    I really wanted to see Anil’s presentation on Designing for Freedom. I had heard that Mark Zuckerberg’s speaking skills were lacking, and Anil had recently won Battle Decks. But since my wife has been a Facebook junkie since it’s near-inception, I thought we’d go and give her something interesting to tell her friend’s about. Boy,... Read More

  • SXSW: Day 2

    March 10, 2008

    Kick ‘08 The day started out well with Kick ‘08. (It didn’t hurt that we crashed early the night before.) About 150 people showed up in Palm Park, and almost everyone played. True to Anil’s word, no one was picked last. Team 1 picked some odd name and Team 2 (my team) stuck with ‘Team... Read More

  • SXSW: Prologue

    March 7, 2008

    Well, if I could boil the last few days down into a word: DELAYED. Our flight was rerouted from Dallas to Louisiana, where we had to spend the night because of a ice storm. We finally made it to Dallas, but we missed the new connecting flight they scheduled for us. Finally got there, only... Read More

  • SXSW: Day 1

    March 7, 2008

    We started off the conference several hours late, so there’s not a whole lot to talk about so far. I’ll just make a few observations: Texas is not as warm as you think. Bring a jacket next time. WAFFLEHOUSE! With a burnt out letter on the sign! We Northerners are deprived. Get a room near... Read More

  • Updates from the Wandering Dullard

    September 23, 2007

    Bah. I should have written this a week ago. That’s what I get for thinking I’d have time for pleasantries after almost a week away from the office. whip cracks Let’s pretend it’s last Sunday night and I’m sitting at the San Francisco airport waiting for my plane. Ugh. That’s so last week. Here goes... Read More

  • Rockstars, Coyotes and Fig Pizza

    September 16, 2007

    My tour of California has been fast and furious. Thursday morning, I walked from the hostel near Union Square to Van Ness where I hopped a bus up to the north end of town where Arvind was staying with his parents (they are dear people!). Elise picked us both up there and we all made... Read More

  • Line Cutters, Top Bunks and a Lesbian

    September 13, 2007

    Well, my trip to San Francisco has already proved mighty interesting. First, there was the guy who cut in front of a line of about 400 people at Philadelphia International waiting to get through security. He told the lady in front of me that he had a job interview and that his flight left in... Read More

  • What I Learned In A Field of Sugar Cane

    August 3, 2007

    I’ve already talked at length about some of the things we did over in the Philippines; but I’ve not addressed the greatest lesson I learned. The man who taught me the most was a man named Pastor Rey. While we were in the Philippines, Pastor Rey had a stroke. It’s his third stroke in two... Read More

  • Back Home

    July 23, 2007

    “Home is the really important thing, and always will be.” -G.K. Chesterton A fond thank you to everyone who asked about the trip. We’ve been back home a few days now, but I cannot explain how hard it’s been to recover from jet lag. The 12 hour time change took maybe one day to get... Read More

  • Lousy Little Organism

    July 14, 2007

    I must have drank some of the water… Last night, I felt terrible. My stomach was knotting up, I was shaky and I had a fever half the night. All because of a lousy little organism. (I’m feeling much better after 12 hours of sleep.)

  • 3 Crazy Friday Happenings

    July 13, 2007

    The trip is going well. Tonight I experienced the most meaningful moment of the trip so far, but I’ll save it for another post because I don’t have the energy to give it the attention is deserves. We did have some other memorable moments today: 1. Tonight, on the way up to the mountain village... Read More

  • Update from Bacolod City

    July 11, 2007

    Greetings from hot and sticky Bacolod City! Ross informed me yesterday that we’re so blessed to have arrived during the cool season. *Cue deadpan stare* Some of the stuff I’ve seen here is surreal: fields and fields of sugar cane, clouds low hung over volcanoes, Filipino children riding caribows (water buffaloes) and entire communities made... Read More

  • The Forty Hour Trip

    July 10, 2007

    Midnight, EST Lift off from JFK. Plane was late out of the gate. Rode in a 747 for the first time, sitting directly in the middle of the center row. Seating was cramped, but I slept through most of the flight. When the sun finally appeared and woke me, I saw nothing but cloud cover... Read More

  • Our Trip to Arizona, Part 1

    March 29, 2007

    I took 750 pictures of our trip of Arizona (much to my wife’s chagrin), so it’s taking me a while to filter through them all. Anyhow, I’m posting them in parts. Here’s part one, our trip from Philly to Phoenix to Sedona to Flagstaff. Enjoy! Arizona: From Phoenix to Flagstaff