Fabulous Adventures In Coding
Eric Lippert is a principal developer on the C# compiler team. Learn more about Eric.
I've just returned from a week in Oslo, Norway, where I spoke at NDC 2010, immediately following a week in New Orleans, where I spoke at TechEd. I'm about nine hours jetlagged and glad to be home, though I had a lovely time. Many thanks in particular to all the NDC organizers who made it all happen; I felt very welcomed.
First off, here's some video of the panel discussion that Mads, Neal, Jon and I had at NDC; basically we just opened up almost an hour for two hundred or so Norwegian developers to ask us whatever they wanted about the language design. (Apparently the streaming video site has had some bandwidth issues, so try to not all hit it at the same time.)
The rest of today's post is some disjointed commentary on various aspects of New Orleans and Oslo; if you only care about technical stuff, you can stop reading now.
Things I learned about New Orleans:
Things I learned about Oslo:
Anyway, we had a delightful time in both places, but it's good to be back.
This "ice cream code" of which you speak: can you tell us more about it? Are they tasty? Do you have to break them before you eat them? What type of encryption do they use? For nine dollars I hope they use good encryption. :)
BTW, glad to hear you had a great time, and welcome back!
It was indeed a fabulous event in Oslo. Oh, and don't forget the bizarre metal sculptures all over the place. I remember the metal more than the granite :)
Side note: Holly and I are now enjoying Thirty Rock, so thanks for the tip...
Agreed on the "bring a map". Our one experience with a NO cab driver going from the Airport to the Port to catch a cruise ship and he left us far, far from where we needed to be (about 6 blocks). He claimed that the "road was closed" up ahead. Having gotten out and seeing that, yeah, he hadn't even tried to get close I wound up stiffing him entirely for a tip.
Other cabbies dropped off right at the passenger drop off. Whether he was lazy or incompetent, I don't care.
Wow! Oslo has gotten expensive in the last 25 years! I was there in the mid 80's and the relative cost (compared to central California) was not nearly so skewed. We definitely noticed the "not rushed" service in the 80's, so at least some things don't change!
Glad to hear you had a nice trip!
My rule of thumb when overseas: never ever translate food prices into your home currency. That way lies madness. Best to just think in the local currency as much as possible.
If you think New Orleans is hot, come to Darwin, Australia: the average high never falls below 30C (87F), year around: en.wikipedia.org/.../Darwin,_NT And it's not just temperature: it's the people! :-)
Tommy Emmanuel is a long kept Australian secret. Well not really kept that well. But yeah, he's great!
•Alligators like marshmallows.
I discovered this while growing up in Florida. My dad bought a small boat and we would take would take day trips up and down a local river. We often fed the alligators marshmallows, which they seemed to enjoy. They also liked canteloupe.
Sounds like a wonderful time, especially the guitar player!
"Bizarrely enough, given how much high quality stone there must be in Norway, the facade stone for the opera house was imported from Italy. One would think that they'd want to keep all that oil money in the country."
Well, judging from the prices you mentioned, it sounds like they have enough of an inflation problem already. :) They need to turn the oil money into luxury items as fast as possible... though if they're buying rocks, maybe they've run out of things to buy.
I believe the Spanish had a similar problem after bringing home gold from South America - they made the mistake of equating gold with wealth, and so hoarded as much as they could, and were hit with rampant inflation that hurt their domestic economy for centuries.
@Peter Milley - As a Norwegian, I usually enjoy converting restaurant prices to my local currency when travelling, since it always seem so cheep that way ;-)
Good to hear you had a good time on your trips, glad you found some things you liked in Norway - and sounds like you got more out of New Orleans than I did - but I did enjoy the 5-5 repeated "Meet the C# team" session :-).
You got to see Tommy Emmanuel live? I'm so freakin' jealous.
Lucky - to see Tommy Emmanuel live without knowing what to expect! The guy's a genius.