Arrived in San Jose last night. I usually don't mind the cross-country hop, as the time difference is only 3 hours, but it was worse this time, probably compounded by the fact that I'd left at 5:15 EDT for the airport after getting absolutely no sleep at all. Well, I did have to pack, you know.. :-)
Had a wonderful dinner last night with some guys from our CA office. If I could find an Indian place that good in DC, I'd be set (they probably exist - I'm just sick of trying all of the bad ones to find a good one). One of those dinners where you sit around for hours after the meal talking about life, work, etc... It's good to do something like that every once in a while. It was a great deal (although smaller crowd) like the night I went out with a couple friends and a bunch of Debian folk in New York two years ago during LinuxWorld expo. Great dinner, great conversation....a combination that is deceptively difficult to find.
Heading off to San Francisco today. Not exactly sure what's on the agenda for the afternoon, but would like to get some good pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts (did this circuit once before without a camera), and just generally relax and have a good time. Managed to escape yesterday with only a couple of calls from work, and they involved minimal effort, so I'll chalk that up to being a good day. They did give me an opportunity to prove just how cool my phone is (Treo 300), when I had to telnet to a database server and restart the database (have to get those init scripts created some day...that's the problem when the machine has uptime in the hundreds of days) while walking through O'Hare to transfer to another plane. I wouldn't want to try to do too much real work, but telnetting and running a few commands is useable.
I did get email back from the SoWAR folk last week, pretty much containing the text 'read the web site, and sign up for the mailing list', which I did. The problem is, I still have no idea what they're real focus is, and I think that's because they're a little unsure themselves. I could be wrong, but I dunno. There's a lot of tasks up on their sourceforge web site about the usual things (rendering, clipping, path routing, etc.), but no indication really of what they're trying to create by putting it all together. It seems that at the moment they're just trying to create a lot of cool technology for the sake of technology, which is great, I suppose, because we probably need that, but I was looking for something a little more coherent. Suppose I'll post to the devel mailing list after I get back from vacation to find out what's really going on.