Back to non-GYM, happy Thanksgiving

Interesting how my productivity this morning is much higher than usual. We’re leaving in a few hours for Europe and am struggling to get everything done before I leave. Still got 138 emails. I’ll answer some of those on the plane, but I’m simply behind and am in triage mode.

Anyway, let’s get back to non-GYM posting. Interesting that since I’ve started focusing on non GYM stuff I’ve started getting more interesting email. For instance, I just learned about the Spatially Adjusted blog that focuses on the GIS world.

One great thing about traveling is that I get out of my echo chamber and see the world from new perspectives. I wonder who’ll be sitting next to me on the plane. Will it be a teacher? A janitor? An executive? An accountant? Will he or she hate computers? Love them? Be a Mac user?

I know one thing, Maryam will be with me and that always makes me happy.

Adventures ahead, albeit slower blogging and slower email answering. Also, not sure my cell phone will work. But, I’ll find broadband somewhere. We’ll end up in Wales sometime tomorrow. We’re staying with the People’s Poet (Maryam’s brother). He’s a bus driver in Newport, but he also is a locally-famous poet. I hear everyone in town knows him. It’ll be interesting to see Newport through his eyes.

It’ll be fun spending Thanksgiving in Wales. What am I thankful for? Thousands of things. I’ve been telling people that my life has now entered the surreal zone lately. It certainly has. All cause I type on a keyboard and carry a camcorder around. What a blessed life I have! Thank you Vic Gundotra for hiring me!

Yeah, I’m thankful for Maryam. I thank Tena Carter for hiring her at Fawcette and putting her into my life (she promptly stole my job, doing it better than I ever did, and later stole my heart).

I am thankful for my son, Patrick. We’ve had a much better year this year. I drag him to geek events, which bores him to tears, but lately he’s been turning into a geek himself.

I could go on and on, there are so many people who have made my life interesting. Dave Winer, Buzz Bruggeman, Jeff Sandquist, my dad, my brother Alex, are five that immediately come to mind.

I’m thankful for my readers, from the famous (hi Walt!) to the detractors (hi Chris and Goebbels!) Even the snarkiest comment makes me think and makes me a better person.

Well, I’m off, try not to trash this place when I’m away and have a great Thanksgiving if you’re American. If you’re not, well, have a great week and we’ll talk with you soon from somewhere in Wales.

7 thoughts on “Back to non-GYM, happy Thanksgiving

  1. If you to see new stuff and you are in Paris the 3rd December, you can just us for a SmalltalkParty.

    More info (in french) available here : http://community.ofset.org/wiki/Smalltalk_Party_Paris_2005

    As James Robertson already propose, we could show you some nice demos of Seaside, the Smalltalk continuation-based web framework behind Dabble (the new buzzword of the Web 2.0).

    Several talks and demos about “Using Smalltalk for companies”, Squeak, Croquet (P2P 3D environment in Smalltalk) and UbiTalk (a new ubiquitous computing framework) are also planned.
    We will have also a special dedication session with Stéphane Ducasse for his new book : “Squeak, Learn Programming with Robots” (http://smallwiki.unibe.ch/botsinc/).

  2. If you to see new stuff and you are in Paris the 3rd December, you can just us for a SmalltalkParty.

    More info (in french) available here : http://community.ofset.org/wiki/Smalltalk_Party_Paris_2005

    As James Robertson already propose, we could show you some nice demos of Seaside, the Smalltalk continuation-based web framework behind Dabble (the new buzzword of the Web 2.0).

    Several talks and demos about “Using Smalltalk for companies”, Squeak, Croquet (P2P 3D environment in Smalltalk) and UbiTalk (a new ubiquitous computing framework) are also planned.
    We will have also a special dedication session with Stéphane Ducasse for his new book : “Squeak, Learn Programming with Robots” (http://smallwiki.unibe.ch/botsinc/).

  3. As a fellow GIS pro, I’m glad to see a GIS blog mentioned, especially in the contect of avoiding GYM as many of us create such mapping tools using non GYM APIs.

  4. As a fellow GIS pro, I’m glad to see a GIS blog mentioned, especially in the contect of avoiding GYM as many of us create such mapping tools using non GYM APIs.

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