Just Walking Along…

Wow, hard to believe I haven’t written anything here for over a year now. Not that there hasn’t been anything to write about, what with that trip to Ireland and Scotland I took shortly after my last post, but… for the last year I just haven’t felt inspired to really write about anything (two server migrations, one which resulted in losing some data might have contributed to this). Obviously, as I am writing here, that has changed.

I’ve recently returned from a fantastic trip to the states. First was a short trip to Chicago/Indiana to visit my cousin Amelia, who is still not allowed to leave the US if she wants to get her Green Card. A good visit to be sure, we generally hang-outetry, a trip to Notre Dame (where I was inspired to write a narrative tale of Touchdown Jesus and also created the theory that the university was contructed by giants), a trip to the biggest (but I was assured still quite small) flea market I have ever been to (where I scored a signed copy of Cory Doctrow’s “Little Brother” for $2), and a trip to the awesome cheese factory (over 20 varieties of delicious cheese, with free samples!). Oh right, I also walked Chicago’s “Miracle Mile” and managed to go all the way to the top of the John Hancock Center, to take multiple photos of the tiny skyscrappers below.

Second was the main part of the trip: a visit to my friend Mark in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some highlights:

  • Going to the area that Starfleet Command will eventually be (fun fact, in that area is a Khan Playground, and a Halleck Street)
  • A 5.5 hour trip to the Exploratorium with Casey (we got to see them disect a cow eye and learned that Casey is easily amused with sand)
  • An equally long trip to the California Academy of Sciences (they had penguins! And chameleons!)
  • A cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz
  • Maker Faire, half the reason for the trip, which was everything I thought it would be and more (and contained far to many things to detail here). Funnily enough, at one point, there were 5 Dalhousie graduates all at the Faire at the same time (of course, I was the only one who doesn’t currently reside in California.
  • attended the JavaOne Conference (also too much to put down right here)
  • and of course, much awesome hanging out with Mark and co

The weather was fantastic, like a good day in Halifax every day, and given that I was struck down with a cold immediately after returning to Halifax, obviously I wished I had stayed in California.

Just as important as the awesomeness of the trip, I have started having some cool ideas again and even been inspired to start writing about them. Let’s see where this goes.

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