Archive for the 'Travel' Category

Whistler, you’re on notice

Friday, August 1st, 2008

You're on notice: Rock slides, conflicting sessions, bears, loud generators, cold, 8-hour bug rides, flaky wifi, and laundry trucks.

I made this using the On Notice Board Generator.

Despite all the problems, the summit in Whistler has been worth it:

  • I finally got to meet Mozilla security contributor Paul Nickerson. He had interesting ideas about how to find and prevent JavaScript privilege escalation bugs, which we discussed with Blake Kaplan.
  • Firebug developer John J. Barton and I figured out why Firebug showed user agent stylesheet rules on his machine but not mine. He fixed the bug on the spot. This should let me switch from the aging DOM Inspector to Firebug for reducing layout testcases, saving me time.
  • Rob Arnold took one of my extra Apple remotes and said he'd try to get it working with Firefox on Windows.
  • Dave Mandelin's session about Static Analysis was enlightening.

Black Hat

Monday, July 30th, 2007

This will be my first year at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. I'm excited and nervous ;)

Update: I'll be sticking around for DEF CON, too.

Google 411

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Google launched a free 411 service just in time for my move from San Diego to Mountain View. I found it useful, but it could have been even more useful if it:

  • Gave better location information for things in malls. For example, the Goodwill donation spot at 570 Showers Drive would be better described as "in the parking lot near Mervyns and near Showers Drive".
  • Knew the difference between Goodwill stores and Goodwill donation spots.
  • Knew how to answer questions like "Where can I find a Denny's along I-5 North within the next hour?", rather than simple city and radius searches.

Store hours would be nice too, but the service would also have to know when to say something like "Beach City Grill closes whenever the owner feels like closing, so you are advised to call before driving there."

Where should I fly?

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Thanks to repeated trips within California, I now have credit for two one-way tickets between any Southwest cities in the continental US. The credit expires in February 2008. Where should I go, and when?

I was thinking of visiting Portland (plus Eugene), Seattle, or Boston (plus New York), since I have friends in each of those cities.

If I start at SJC and fly to Boston or New York, in which city should I attempt to get a 2-hour layover? I don't think I'd enjoy a direct flight and I know my laptop wouldn't.

If I don't use the credit on an interesting trip, I can use it next time I visit my parents in Los Angeles. But what would be the fun in that?

Two things

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

I hate my alarm clock.

I love Southwest Airlines.

In Mountain View again

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

I'm in Mountain View for another summer of working on Mozilla, this time as an intern at the Mozilla Foundation. Thanks to Ishani for helping me move into my new apartment.

Garey and Johnson

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

My copy of Garey and Johnson arrived the other day. I wonder if it will make good airplane reading while I'm heading to Mozilla Developer Day next week.

Grad school visits

Monday, April 5th, 2004

I visited UCSD during Spring Break. I'm going to visit UCLA tomorrow (Tuesday) and UO Thursday and Friday.