Category Archives: travel

At the Hong Kong International Airport

I'm at the Hong Kong International Airport, and have just polished off breakfast. I have four hours before I need to check with the transfer desk about chance passage on the next flight to the Philippines. What would be the best way to spend that time?

I could take a shower. That would be nice. USD 10.00 for the privilege of feeling nice and clean, hmm. I don't have any extra clothes right now, though.

Shopping is boring.

I think I'll write my letters for 2006. I've got my writing stuff, anyway. =) I can address and stuff the envelopes, and then get to work on writing notes...

Maybe I'll write in my journal, too. I've got quite a lot of stuff to think about...

Home; between two worlds

Prophet of God, in quest of the uttermost, long have you searched the distances for your ship.

And now your ship has come, and you must needs go.

Deep is your longing for the land of your memories and the dwelling-place of your greater desires; and our love would not bind you nor our needs hold you.

- From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

I am of two worlds that will never meet. I will be like the ocean, waves touching first one shore and then the other, and yet in both places at the same time.

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Whatever gets the job done

I should've tried dialing into the IBM conference center last night to confirm that our landline could connect to it. Had to go for Plan B: make an expensive roaming cellphone call for 30 minutes... Ouch!

All in the line of duty...

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Working through the funk

I felt tired this morning. Things weren't working smoothly. It turns out that the Philippines is probably not part of the toll-free area for by my research manager's call-in number. I found a workable but expensive solution for the moment: a roaming call off my Canadian-based cellphone. 30 minutes is going to be a whopper on my phone bill, but it's all part of the job.

Not only that, I couldn't log onto IBM's virtual private network. When I tried rebuilding the module, I started getting kernel version mismatches. I don't think I mistyped my password the first few times, and that password worked just two days ago. I may need Stephen's help sorting that out remotely, or I can ask IBM Philippines to see what we can do about getting on the network.

My thesis threatens to stretch even longer unless we can figure out how to cut it down to size. Fortunately, the people I'm working with are old hands at managing risk.

So yeah, I was in a bit of a funk. But I kept working anyway. The main thing on my plate is my talk tomorrow, for which I have prepared a few things - business cards, feedback forms, etc. Fairly mechanical, which was good, because I felt out of sorts. Now I'm feeling a little better. Water helps.

Now I'll make the slides. After that, I'll revise and rehearse my talk. It's only 30 minutes, and the challenge is really choosing from all the material that I could put into it.

When I'm done with the talk, I'll clean up the minutes for this morning's meeting and send them. I should probably have written them all down earlier, but I was feeling stressed about the business cards because that had been on my TODO list for the past few days without much progress. Now they're done!

The minutes might be a bit difficult to reconstruct. It was hard to deal with my cellphone and the computer keyboard. Next time, I'm taking paper notes.

Things are going to be okay.

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Deja vu

The Internet is still crawling. Takes me back to the days of BBSing, when you could type faster than the modem could send. I have to remember not to do my one-gazillion-tabs style of web browsing, as it's really inconvenient when the browser times out.


Do you know where I can find carrier pigeons? ;)

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