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Sunday, March 13, 2005

O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference 2005

I've arrived for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference here in San Diego, California. It's cloudy this evening -- thankfully, no rain -- but it's supposed to be sunny and in the mid-60s F all week.

The conference in is the Westin Horton Plaza -- very nice!

I've picked up my conference goodies: materials for the 2 tutorials tomorrow, the usual vendor stuff, a copy of Mind Hacks, and nice little note pads from O'Reilly and Yahoo, all in a nifty canvas bag.

There in another conference in town, the American Chemical Society at the Convention Center a few blocks from the Westin. Some 20,000 chemists, I hear, have filled the downtown San Diego hotel rooms.

In-room internet access is $16 a day -- that's the highest I've ever seen. However .... the conference has wireless, the meeting rooms are on the 2nd floor, my room is on the 5th floor, and I'm picking up the conference wireless signal in my room. Woo hoo!

Only one other observation at the moment -- used to be, I'd travel a few or even many time zones and would barely notice a thing. This time, I've gone only 2, and granted I've only been here a few hours, but I'm a little disconcerted at the fact that it's not even 6:30 pm yet.

By the way, the time zone for this blog is now PST.

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