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Sean Sosik-Hamor

UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo

UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo

Those of you in the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo must have been quite disappointed this time around! Instead of having to climb precarious ladders or hang out of third-story windows to get the shot I had a nice stable balcony to stand on! Truth be told, while taping the boundaries, my cohort Brian and I were trying to figure out how to get me up into the tree for sheer comedy value. No luck. Maybe next time.

Ubuntu Developer Summit Raring Ringtail (UDS-R) at Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, EU – 29th Oct – 1st Nov 2012 [cc by-sa 2012 Sean Sosik-Hamor]. High-resolution originals can be downloaded in the SmugMug galleries:

About the shot…

Since my shiny new EOS M was still preordered and didn’t arrive in time the setup was the same as Budapest, Orlando, and Oakland; shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the  EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Unfortunately the poor lighting meant I was shooting relatively high ISOs so there’s quite a bit of noise on the originals. Flash photography in the rest of the gallery was lit by a Speedlite 580EX II with a few shots here and there taken with the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

Sean Sosik-Hamor taking the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo

Sean Sosik-Hamor taking the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo (Photo by Jeff Lane)

 

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Mika Meskanen

The release schedule of Ubuntu is tied to a 6 month cycle, also called cadence. Similarly, a lot of our work and planning falls onto our diaries like country festivals on farmer’s calendar.

Ubuntu Developer Summits are obviously the main events. However, if you work on Canonical Design Team, there are plenty of other events to attend to as well.

Last week we were in the Isle of Man having a work sprint with the Product Strategy group. Obviously we took an advantage of the setting and embarked on some off-piste activities in our free time. Here’s a little gallery:

IMG_0518 IMG_5120 IMG_0611 IMG_1665 IMG_5083 IMG_0012

Similar, if not better scenes have also taken place in Florida, California, South Africa…

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Sean Sosik-Hamor

Another UDS, another chance for me to risk life and limb by climbing dangerously high objects to get a good vantage point to take the group photo! Setup was the same as Orlando; shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the usual EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Unfortunately the poor lighting meant I was shooting insanely high ISOs so there’s quite a bit of noise on the originals.

UDS-Q photos cc by-sa 2012 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button in the gallery):

Photo by Bilal Akhtar showing the secret behind the UDS-Q Group Photo!

 

Another behind the scenes shot showing what went into the UDS-Q Group Photo. cc by-sa Howard Dyckoff.

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Sean Sosik-Hamor

It’s déjà vu all over again! It looks just like last year, only a bit more organized! Since getting everyone balanced in a group photo the size of this is akin to herding cats I decided to lay down boundaries with gaffer tape like at UDS-O in Budapest. It worked out extremely well; it’s much easier to say “stay inside the pink tape” than to bark orders over the crowd to get individual people to move and fill in the gaps. And remember, if you can’t see my lens, I can’t see you!

UDS-P photos cc by-sa 2011 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button in the gallery):

Shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the usual EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Apologies for taking a while to get these posted; it’s been a hectic four weeks of travel, event support, and sprinting.

The making of the group photo

Following what appears to be a new UDS tradition Randall managed to capture me herding everyone into the photo box made out of pink tape! (cc by-sa 2.0 rrnwexec)

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rvr

Summary

  • Brief analysis of 150,000 photographs from Flickr in the province of Malaga.
  • It identifies the profile and preferences of tourists.

Last Saturday, I  was in Malaga. I was invited by Sonia Blanco and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucia to participate in workshop on Tourism and Social Networks. Sonia is professor at the University of Malaga, and one of the oldest bloggers in the Spanish blogosphere. Sonia asked me to present the analysis Fernando Tricas and myself did about Flickr photos and the Canary Islands (2009-2010), and I gladly accepted. I wanted to bring an update, so we got to work to make a short presentation with data from the province of Malaga. And that's what is shown below.

Video

Last Thursday, with the presentation already made, Fernando passed me an interesting link, a visualization by the Wall Street Journal that shows the density of a week of Foursquare check-ins in New York . If the WSJ could do it, so do we ;)  We already had the data and the map algorithms, so generated the maps by months and joined them to build the animation.

The video below shows the density of photographs taken in the province of Malaga from 2004 to 2010. Blue colors are areas where they make some pictures, and the red areas have made many pictures. There are areas with many photographs, places of touristic interest. And of course, there are months where the activity is higher and lower. 

Data

The video is just a bit of whole presented analysis. Full version is available below.

As you may know, Flickr is a popular photo-sharing service with 5 billion of hosted images and 86 million unique visitors. Flickr has social networking features, since it allows to make contacts. Flickr can play a role in the promotion of tourist destinations, as it is one of the main sources of images on the Internet. But to us, Flickr is a huge source of data: Which are the most photogenic places? Who are taking pictures there? These and other questions can answered using data mining.

For this study we obtained the metadata of 175,000 photographs (62,000 geolocated), 7,900 photographers and 1,470,000 tags (47,000 unique). All these pictures were either marked by the tag "malaga" or GPS coordinates were inside the province of Malaga.

Analysis

Below are the five most relevant slides: the tag cloud, the number of photos and photographers by months, the top 10 countries of the geolocated photographers, the group of tags and heatmaps of the geolocated images.

  • Turismo-malaga-11
  • Turismo-malaga-17
  • Turismo-malaga-13
  • Turismo-malaga-15
  • Turismo-malaga-20
  • Turismo-malaga-20
Turismo-malaga-20

According to those who share photos on Flickr about Malaga, we can conclude that:

  • The high season in Málaga is August (also, in April there is a Holy Week-effect.
  • Users come mainly from UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Madrid and Andalusia. (USA is probably overrepresented compared to real visitors).
  • They are interested in photography, beaches, festivals, fairs, nature, sea, birds, sky, parks.
  • Pictures are taken mainly in Málaga (capital), Ronda, Barcenilla and Benalmadena.

The full presentation slides show more features, such as geolocated photographs by countries. It is interesting to compare these data with the previous study on the Canaries. A more detailed analysis can be done, but the roundtable had limited time. This sneak peek shows the potential of social networking and geolocation services for market research. If you have any questions, ask in the comments!

The presentation and images have a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

Finally, my gratitude to the organization of the UNIA for the invitation and hospitality, to Daniel Cerdan for suggesting the title of the post and Fernando Tricas for his unconditional support.

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Sean Sosik-Hamor

After 8544 miles traveled, 16 days on the road, 40 GB of RAW photos, and two days of post-travel coma, I’ve posted the official group photos and my personal photo set from Ubuntu Developer Summit Oneiric Ocelot (UDS-O) which took place at the opulent Corinthia Hotel Budapest (formerly Grand Hotel Royal), Budapest, Hungary, EU (9th – 13th May 2011). UDS was insanely hectic as usual trying to keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes. Luckily there were enough lulls to give me a chance to meet a bunch of new faces and catch up on some of my favorite projects.

UDS-O photos cc by-sa 2011 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button in the gallery):

In addition to the above SmugMug gallery I’ve added the group photos to Facebook for tagging! And if you’ve ever wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes and what gets packed for UDS, check out the UDS-O Logistics gallery.

Unlike UDS-N in Orlando where I found out on short notice that I would be the official photographer I came a bit more prepared this time toting my EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM on top of the usual EOS-1D Mark IVEF 50mm f/1.2L USM, and pair of 580EX II Speedlites that permanently live in the Fastpack 350 that always accompanies me everywhere. Immediately upon arriving at the hotel and checking in I scouted locations and found a gorgeous spot to take the group photo shooting down from the fifth floor catwalk into the Southeast atrium bathed natural light from the skylights and six-story street-facing glass wall.

Unfortunately the hotel staff disagreed with my selection and pushed us into the lobby spilling up the main staircase when it came time to actually shoot the group photo. This location was less than ideal forcing me to shoot at a strange angle from an offset second floor guest room window overlooking the lobby with mixed tungsten, CFL, sunlight, and shadow.

This required a bit of pre-planning and creativity to make sure everyone would be in the photo and wouldn’t be blocked by pedestals or balconies. Liberal use of pink highvis gaffer tape on the floor to mark the boundaries of the frame and verbal instruction (if you can’t see my lens then I can’t see you) seems to have ensured that everyone actually got into the photo…including some creative trolls folks who made their way up to the first floor balconies!

The rest of the photos shot throughout the week were dead-simple and accomplished by utilizing natural light or by dragging the shutter with on-camera bounce flash with catchlight panel. While the more difficult nighttime outdoor bar and cafe photos had the Speedlite pointing straight up into the air with only the catchlight panel bathing the subject with fill flash, the indoor Orfeum Club photos also utilized a strategically-placed remote Speedlite and glass ceiling to create some interesting effects.

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Sean

Ubuntu Developer Summit Oneiric Ocelot (UDS-O) Logistics at Canonical Group Limited, London, England, UK – 11th – 15th April 2011

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Sean

Canonical Platform Sprint and Launchpad Epic at The Renaissance Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas, USA – 10th – 21st January 2011 [cc by-sa 2011 Sean Sosik-Hamor]

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Sean Sosik-Hamor

UDS-N Group Photo

I’ve posted the official group photo and my personal photo set from Ubuntu Developer Summit Natty Narwhal (UDS-N) which took place at The Caribe Royal, Orlando, Florida, USA – 25th – 29th October 2010. Overall it was quite a productive trip and, in addition to working event support, running video cameras, photographing the event, and attending sessions, I got to hang out with the usual gang of Open Source superstars and meet plenty of new faces!

UDS-N photos cc by-sa 2010 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button after clicking through to the below galleries):

I was a little caught out by volunteering to do the UDS-N group photo since Ken Wimer, the usual photographer, wasn’t in attendance and the photoshoot had already been scheduled. I knew it would be a bit of a scramble to get everything squared away because I was traveling light and the only lens in my bag was an EF 50mm f/1.2L USM (my standard shoot-anywhere workhorse).

The first task was to source a lens since a 50mm just wasn’t going to cut it. Many thanks to Ted Gould for letting me borrow his EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens as well as the Novacut guys for offering up their EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM on standby. It just goes to show how great the Ubuntu community is and how the Open Source sharing mentality even carries over to physical (and quite expensive) gear.

Once the lens was sourced a location had to be scouted so I contacted Yvonne from hotel services to arrange a quick tour of the grounds. We explored the various courtyards and ponds but the prime location was right in front of us the whole time: the West entrance to the convention center closest to the UDS session rooms. The West entrance loop was blocked off with traffic cones to keep cars out of the shoot and I scheduled hotel engineering to set up a ladder for Friday afternoon before lunch so I could get some test shots.

Once everyone was lined up outside and herded into the frame I fired a few bursts at 10 FPS (which made everyone giggle) to make sure I had plenty of posed, waving, and jumping shots to choose from. The photoshoot itself ran smoothly and only took a few minutes leaving plenty of time for coffee before heading back into sessions.

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Sean

Canonical IS Sprint at Hotel Auditórium, Madrid, Spain, EU – 9th – 13th August 2010 [cc by-sa 2010 Sean Sosik-Hamor]

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Sean

Ubuntu Developer Summit Maverick Meerkat (UDS-M) at Dolce La Hulpe Hotel and Resort, Brussels, Belgium, EU – 10th – 14th May 2010 [cc by-sa 2010 Sean Sosik-Hamor]

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pitti

Viva Bavaria!

Netti WG-Zimmer

“Grüß Gott!” zusammen aus dem Land südlich des Weißwurstäquators! Auch wenn ich selbige Würste bisher noch nicht verkosten konnte, steht dies ganz oben auf dem Programm!

Ich bin am Samstag gut in München angekommen, wo mich Netti gleich am Hauptbahnhof abgeholt hat. Da wir nun schon mal im Zentrum waren, haben wir die Zeit auch gleich für einen Spaziergang über den Viktualienmarkt und dann für eine Stunde Stadtrundfahrt genutzt, um schon mal einen Überblick zu bekommen. Das richtige bajuvarische Lebensgefühl stellte sich dann im Englischen Garten ein, der bei diesem tollen Sommerwetter natürlich gut gefüllt war. Insbesondere natürlich der Biergarten, mit stimmungsvoller Musik, vielen “Moaß”, und Brezeln die gefühlte 10 Kilo schwer sind (wir haben uns allerdings mit einem Krautsalat und Eis begnügt :-) ).

Nettis WG-Zimmer ist klein aber fein; meine Luftmatratze passt auch perfekt zwischen Bett und Kommode, und sonst ist mittlerweile auch alles drin was rein soll. Dafür ist bei 8 Frauen im Haus auch immer was los! Und es ist richtig schön gelegen, viel Grün in der Nähe in dem man herrlich spazieren und auch laufen gehen kann (Das hab ich heute morgen gleich mal ausprobiert. Wenn man schon mal auf Taekwondo verzichten muss..)

Gestern am Sonntag war es dann so richtig tolles Sommerwetter. Der erste Tag im T-Shirt und Sandalen, juchuu! Wir haben den Zoo besucht, und danach die Auer Dult, ein süßer und gut besuchter Markt mit Volksfest (siehe Fotos).

Zoo Muenchen - Elefant

Ab heute geht es dann wieder etwas mehr seinen gewohnten Gang. Ich habe mir in Nettis Zimmer mein Büro eingerichtet (aka den Laptop aufgeklappt) und bin fleissig dabei, Ubuntu 10.04 den letzten Schliff zu verleihen, bevor es dann am Donnerstag vom Stapel läuft.

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Sean

Ubuntu Developer Summit Lucid Lynx (UDS-L) at The Renaissance Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas, USA – 16th – 20th November 2009 [cc by-sa 2009 Sean Sosik-Hamor]

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pitti

when you go to dinner in a car^Wtank^Wbattleship^Wrazy something like this:

Hummer limo

I savely arrived in our hotel in Dallas, Texas this afternoon, after a rather uneventful 14 hour trip from Dresden via Frankfurt. On the way I emptied my laptop battery with some small hacking and catching up on bug report email, and did a lot of reading. I also tried to watch Harry Potter 6, but the headphones they give you were so hideous that I hardly understood anything, so I gave up after some ten minutes.

In the early evening a small group of us went to the center to have a light Mexican style dinner (yummy), and someone came up with the monster above. Was quite an experience, veeery comfortable interior with leather couches and champagner glasses. Almost as comfortable as on my bicycle at home. :-P

Naturally I feel the jetlag and are pretty groggy now, but I still managed to stay conscious until now, after having a beer and two hours of chatting in the bar. It’s so great to see everyone again!

I’m looking forward to the Ubuntu Developer Summit next week.

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pitti

Today I returned from a great mini-vacation (long weekend). My parents and I visited my sister, in-law, niece, and nephew in Bavaria. We don’t see each other very often, it’s always great for me to see my niece and nephew grow, and play with them.

The highlight of the vacation was on Sunday, when my father, my in-law, and me went to Insbruck, Austria, on a 5-hour fixed-rope route climbing tour. It was my first outside climbing experience (I only did some indoor bouldering so far), and so I was looking forward to this new experience.

Martin on mountain top (click for more photos)

It was a “difficulty medium” trail, and indeed it was quite challenging at times. At some spots I couldn’t really climb any more, but had to cheat and resort to clinging to the rope. But it was fun anyway!

The Alps are such a wonderful place for enjoying fresh air, sun, and the nature!

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Pete & Amber

Atlanta LinuxFest the Day After

Wow, I'm still in a daze. Atlanta LinuxFest (ALF) was an incredible event. It was held at the IBM facility in Atlanta on Saturday.


Some background first. My wife Amber (akgraner) was on the planning team, so I was watching this event come together from the periphery. I would hear her on planning calls and I never really understood what it takes to put an event like this together. My hats is off to all involved, I can say it gave me a new appreciation for all the work that goes into community events like this.

This was ALF's 2nd year and as such was expected to be small. It was far from that, they had over 600 registrations and at any given time during the event there were 300+ people at the event. This event was planned by 4 people with limited resources and they pulled off one hell of a LinuxFest.

The speaker line up was diverse and impressive, there was something for everyone. Additionally Amber had organized an UbuCon and it was a big hit. They had sessions topics like "Community Leadership" & "Burnout", every time I went by the UbuCon area it was packed and they had some intense discussions going on.

The Ubuntu Kernel Team took advantage of the event to get some Karmic testing done on the plethora of laptops/note/netbooks that were there. Manjo Iyer from the Kernel Team ran the testing. I don't have the exact numbers of what makes and models were tested (we still have to sift thru the data), I do believe it was well over 100 people and some had 3 & 4 machines with them. Lots of bugs were filed. I want to put out a heartfelt "Thank You" for everyone that came by for testing. You guys will make Karmic a far better release.

I gave a talk on Ubuntu, Canonical & the Ubuntu Kernel Team. I had given a talk at the Southeast LinuxFest back in June and received lots of feed back about the content. I was surprised to learn that people wanted to know about Canonical, a bit about it's structure and how Ubuntu fits in. So I incorporated lots of that back into the presentation. I also stressed how the Kernel Team is looking to expand its community, and if you want to participate you don't have to be a kernel developer, or even a programmer! We welcome anyone who is willing to test, triage or help us organize. Like in any community we need people with diverse skill sets.

Steve Conklin of the Ubuntu Kernel Team gave a talk called "Debugging the Kernel". This talk originated from another Kernel Team member Colin King (cking). The talk is basically a collection of all the wild & useful debugging techniques that Colin has come up with over the last few years.

John Johansen & Stefan Bader from the Ubuntu Kernel Team gave a rehash of Greg Kroah-Hartman's "Write a real working Linux driver" tutorial. The tutorial consisted of a Ubuntu USB live stick tricked out with compilers, headers and git tree. Users would boot the live stick so that they would have a consistent development environment. John then walked them through the basics of git, kernel device drivers and in the end the users wrote a device driver that would work with a GoTemp USB Thermometer. They had 16 thermometer devices and in the end the temperature could be read by reading a file in the /sys file system. Each session was full, I just wish we had more devices so that everyone would have had the chance to fully participate, not just watch.

Dan Chen of Ubuntu Audio fame gave a great talk on debugging audio. Judging by the size of the crowd in his talk, audio is still an issue with quite a few users.

Suse, Red Hat & Fedora were all there with booths and talks as well, however I would say that the mind share at the event went to Ubutnu. You couldn't turn around without hearing the Ubuntu login music, seeing Ubuntu stickers, banners, t-shirts everywhere!!!!

Surprisingly quite a few folks have been running Karmic in some state of Alpha for quite a while!

The day started with a Video Podcast from Mark Shuttleworth specifically for the event. Mark was about to announce the name of 10.04 when they cut the video with a slide that said "Find out at the UbuCon!"... dooh! It left everyone hanging for about another hour.

In the UbuCon area they had monitor set up with people crowed all around waiting for the announcement. They played the whole video from start to finish and finally after much anticipation, Mark announced that 10.04 would be called Lucid Lynx. This was quite a departure from other "naming announcements" where he would send out an email or post it on his blog. It was really special that it was announced at a UbuCon at a community event!

There is so much more, but I'll leave that for the other blogers... I have to catch a plane on my way to LinuxCon & Linux Plumbers in Portland!

~pete

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Pete & Amber

Atlanta LinuxFest

Wanted to drop a quick note about ALF...

I'll be speaking at the Atlanta LinuxFest, talking about the Ubuntu Kernel. This will talk about the team, how we develop & maintain the Ubuntu Kernel.

In fact there are several Canonical folks talking at ALF.

  • Steve Conklin - Kernel Debugging
  • John Pugh - The Weather Ahead - Clouds
  • Ken VanDine - Ubuntu Desktop Experience
  • Rick Clark - Ubuntu Server
Along with all the speakers noted above, members of the Ubuntu Kernel Team will be conducting a driver writing session. This is based on GregKH's original driver writing presentation. We will be using a USB thermometer as the hardware and the object is to write a working driver that will get the current temperature.

Along with ALF there will be a Ubucon (Ubuntu User Conference). The Ubuntu Kernel Team will be holding a "Is your hardware ready for Karmic" workshop. We will have USB sticks loaded with a testsuite that will test most of the new Karmic hardware features like Kernel Mode Setting (KMS), grub2, net/notebook hotkeys, web cams, audio and the like. This is non destructive to the hard disk and will let folks know in advance about what the Karmic experience will look like on their hardware. If items fail to work we will file bugs on the spot with the proper debugging info attached to the bug.

I want to give a huge shout out to Manjo Iyer & Ronald Fader who have spent lots of time and hard work to make the testing happen and to John Johansen for putting together the driver writing session! Great work guys

More on ALF as it gets closer.

~pete

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Pete & Amber

Traveling...

For a job that is "Work from home" I'm sure not home a whole lot. Looks like I'll be in London in Aug (14th - 22nd). I'm soliciting suggestions on what to do over the weekend. Thoughts anyone?

I'll be traveling every month up to the end of the year. In Sep, Linux Plumbers Conference, in Oct. a visit to our office in Taiwan, Nov. another conference Linux End User Collaboration Summit and in Dec the Ubuntu Developer Summit in CA. Thats only the ones I know about, I'm sure a few others will get squeezed in.

I've been neglect in posting to the Blog. Since starting with Canonical I've had lots of questions about the company, Ubuntu community, culture etc... I'm planing on taking some time and doing a detailed posting in the near future. So if your interested stay tuned.

~pete

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Tim Penhey (thumper)

Cambridge, MA

Well, my body is now almost completely adjusted to US east coast time. I do find myself waking each night between two and three in the morning. I'm thinking that this might be due to me expecting to hear Jessie or Caitlin waking, but here it is only Joey.

The rest of the Launchpadders arrived tonight. I ended up meeting so many of them it isn't really worth me writing them down for fear of forgetting someone. We have the agile training tomorrow, which should be quite interesting.

Cambridge, or the small bits of it that I have seen, reminds me of London. But perhaps that is just because they are digging up the roads all over the place, and the pavement is made up of concrete slabs and bricks that have been laid for so long that they are no longer flat.

I thought the USA was supposed to be cheap, but so far the meals out in the evening have been about the same that I'd pay back in NZ (converting the dollars). However generally books and DVDs are cheaper. I've put through an order to amazon.com and getting it delivered to the hotel.

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Tim Penhey (thumper)

Back home again

For my nine elapsed days away, a full three of those days were spent traveling. That really does suck.

Arrived back in NZ very early Monday morning. Quickly through immigration to spend ages waiting at the baggage carousal. There ended up being about 20 people still waiting for luggage. My guess is that the baggage handlers missed a pile and eventually found it. Anyway after finally getting my bag I headed through customs to the domestic transfer desk. The line was huge, and I only had an hour before my flight left. Last time we waited at the domestic transfer desk we got told that there wasn't enough time to get our luggage transferred and we had to make our own way to the domestic terminal. Well, this time I didn't feel like waiting for half an hour to be told to go away, so I decided just to walk to the domestic terminal.

Rachel and the girls were waiting at the airport and it was wonderful to see them again.

Yesterday afternoon we finally got the central heating working. Oh boy it feels good! This morning it did feel too hot, so we went around turning the radiators down. There is another cold snap on the way, so I'm really happy.

I seem to have moved completely back into NZ time already with just feeling a little more tired in the evening than usual.

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