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  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 11 (San Francisco to Seattle) - The Flight Home!

    Of course Murphy's Law had to come into play here. I'm 678 miles from home. The closest I've been in 3 weeks and - yup you guessed it - the incoming flight was badly delayed so my outgoing flight was delayed. I was tired and looking forward to getting home, so the extreme security checks rather tried...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 10 (Beijing to San Francisco)

    Flight Game Plan : This is a LOOOONG flight. Get home ... just get home! Flight Number : UA888 Date : June 24th Class Travelled : Cattle In flight meal : Multiple. Rice and fish. Breakfast and another meal I think I slep through. Number of book pages read (this flight/cumulative) : 49 / 184 (I finished...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 21, Beijing (June 23rd) - MEDC China Day 1

    I started Day 21 a little misty eyed - figuratively speaking. After all, MEDC China was the last MEDC event for 2005. At this stage, I'd been working on the events for nearly 9 months so they're very much a part of life and it seemed a little strange to look at coming weeks which didn't have anything...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 20, Beijing (June 22nd) MEDC China Preparation

    I had an interesting discussion with one of our leads from China when he was visiting Redmond a few months back. We were discussing cost of the event in China - which I felt was rather steep compared to other events we were holding AND of course I had the typically western perception that everything...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 9 (Hong Kong to Beijing)

    Flight Game Plan : Stay awake as best I can otherwise i'll never sleep tonight. Flight Number : CX312 Date : June 21st Class Travelled : Cattle In flight meal : Declined. Figure I'll get something at the hotel! Number of book pages read (this flight/cumulative) : 0 / 135 Movie/PMC Hours Watched (this...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 8 (Melbourne to Hong Kong)

    Flight Game Plan : Do some, work, watch a movie, stay awake. Flight Number : CX134 Date : June 21st Class Travelled : Cattle In flight meal : Breakfast. Suspicious looking omletten and potatoes which ideclined to eat. Mopped up/croissant and packaged content e.g. Yoghurt. Lunch : Option offered! Chose...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 18, Melbourne (June 20th) MEDC Australia - Sleep Nearly Wrecks Keynote!

    I'd been wondering how quickly I could get the keynote demos setup if I REALLY had to. I turns out, I can get washed, dressed, from my room to the keynote and set up the demos in 20 minutes. Now I think that's impressive. Let me explain. My sleep patterns are completely destroyed. I fall asleep at random...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 16 and 17, Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne (June 18th and 19th)

    Flying. Lots of flying. Well at least it seemed as much but only totalled 8 hours or so. We arrived in Melbourne a 5am on the 19th. I was disappointed that they didn't have the "fruit and vegetation" sniffer dogs in the customs hall this year. Last year, I'd been so impressed by a sniffer dog smelling...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 7 (Singapore to Melbourne)

    Flight Game Plan : Try to get some sleep so when I arrive at 5am i don't feel too bad! Flight Number : QF0010 Date : June 18th Class Travelled : Cattle In flight meal : Declined Number of book pages read (this flight/cumulative) : 29 / 135 Movie/PMC Hours Watched (this flight/cumulative) : 2h 30m...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 6 (Kuala Lumpur to Singapore)

    Flight Game Plan : Read through the journey Flight Number : MM613 Date : June 18th Class Travelled : Cattle In flight meal : Declined Number of book pages read (this flight/cumulative) : 13 / 106 Movie/PMC Hours Watched (this flight/cumulative) : 0 / 4h 16m Flight Time (est/act) : 55m / 55m Arrival...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 15, Kuala Lumpur (June 17th) - Some Much Needed Relaxation

    EDIT No-one pointed out the error in this post ... I claimed I was in London. Kuala Lumpur to London to Singapore to Australia. Now THAT would be a crazy trip. I half planned to do some sight seeing with Robert today but I didn't wake up until 2pm for some reason so I missed out on the fun. He went...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 14, London (June 16th) - MEDC Malaysia!

    What a great event here in Malysia again. As I said yesterday, what an amazing event team and what a great group of engaged developers. Our day kicked off at about 7.30 with a taxi to the convention center. You should never underestimate traffic in a new city so we were a little late in. Fortunately...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 13, Kuala Lumpur (June 15th) - Getting Ready for MEDC Malaysia

    Today was about preparation for MEDC Malaysia. I had some technical prep work to do on my keynote demos. One of the key things with getting keynote demos to work properly is a well known defined start state. For me it's all about reproducibility. I'd been having some issues with one of my demos in the...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 11 + 12, London (June 13rd and 14th) - Journey to Malaysia

    When you're doing an international trip that ends up being a complete circuit of the world and stops in at lots of countries in different time zones you eventually lose track of where you are and what time it is. What's going to end up happening is that we're going to see day 23 twice because sooner...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 5 (Singapore to Kuala Lumpur) - Change of Flight

    When I got to singapore I found my planned flight on Japan Airlines had been cancelled. Fortunately, they were able to transfer me to Qatar Airways who had a flight to KL that was scheduled before my planned flight. Flight Game Plan : Too short to plan ... Flight Number : QR623 Date : June 14th Class...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 4 (London to Singapore)

    Flight Game Plan : No plan ... just see what happens! Flight Number : BA017 Date : June 13rd Class Travelled : Cattle In flight meal : Chicken with Noodles (no alternative available) Number of book pages read (this flight/cumulative) : 36 / 93 Movie/PMC Hours Watched (this flight/cumulative) : 1h...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 10 , London (June 12th)

    My parents and brother - bless them - both hauled across country to meet me in London. They both had to travel a couple of hundred miles but since they were coming from the West and North respectively London was the same distance for both and of course, convenient for me. It's always nice to catch...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 9 , London (June 11th) - Record Shops and MP3 Players

    Obviously it would be remiss not to meet up with family and friends while back in England. With only two days I had limited time so I arranged to meet some friends Saturday and spend time with family on Sunday before I flew out. I met up with a couple of old work colleagues on Saturday and we did...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 8 Evening, London (June 10th)

    I should really wrap up Day 8. I took Scott, Robert and Sean back to London for the weekend so they could go site seeing and I could catch up with family and friends. Of course, I couldn't let them do this the easy way so we caught a rush hour British Rail train into the centre of London. Cue a complete...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 8, Reading (June 10th) - An Important Lesson Learned at MEDC UK

    Now, I usually like to consider myself a professional when it comes to presentations keynotes and the like. On Friday, I committed one of the cardinal sins that so often I have stopped others committing. Yes. I said something while my microphone was on without realizing I was hooked up. Let me explain...
  • Blog Post: See the MEDC World Tour through Robert's Eyes!

    Robert has been keeping a photo blog of our journey : http://roundtheworld.textamerica.com/
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 7, London (June 9th)

    The Visa Saga Travelling round the world, you pick up all sorts of interesting stamps and marks in your passport. I just had to renew mine so I lost all the stamps I'd gathered over the last ten years BUT I now have a shiny new Chinese entry visa taking up a full page in my passport. So few places...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 6, London (June 8th)

    Now I REALLY feel like a tourist. I'm sat in Starbucks in Carnaby Street in London. I can see how this was a happening place to be back in the sixties. Now of course, it resembles most other shopping streets worldwide with large chain eateries (like the one I'm in) and carbon copy clothes stores. Ah...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Day 5, London (June 7th) - Change of Plan!

    I had to get my passport renewed before this trip. Unfortunately, due to a processing and delivery snafu my new passport didn't arrive at my house until 2 days before I left. Unfortunately that meant I couldn't get a visa for the People's Republic of China before I left the US. Since I'm doing a keynote...
  • Blog Post: MEDC World Tour : Flight 3 (Berlin to London)

    Tegel airport is with out doubt the most efficiently designed airport in the world. Checkin, security, passport control, the gate and your plane are all within about 100 metres of one another. Basically, each gate is its own mini-airport. It must be expensive to staff. I got yanked by security on...
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