Chicago, day 2
- One point of going to conventions is to network with other professionals, so I tried to do that. I can follow other Qualcomm guys, but since I couldn’t find them, I resorted to plan B, which is to find groups of people discussing things that look interesting, listen in, and try to slip in comments. That didn’t work. All the discussion groups are talking about things that sound totally alien; and any guy who looks like he will have interesting talk topics seem to have sat in a corner with his laptop. Networking failed, but I found Rachelle and Meghan at last, and I did have a good discussion with them about Blackduck.
- Chicago downtown streets are a lot more confusing than other places in California. It didn’t help that GPS doesn’t work very well in narrow streets along rows of skyscrapers; and GPS just doesn’t work at all when streets run _underneath_ those skyscrapers.
- Sheraton Chicago Tower has interesting lighting in the ballrooms: dim, dark-blue, diffused lights coming from huge panels that covers most of the ceiling. It feels like cloudy late-afternoon sky. I like it.
- Qualcomm’s presence at the vendor booths is virtually nil. We shared booth with InForce Computing, and the InForce guy is clearly a dev and has nothing to do with marketing, and is clearly bored sitting at the booth. The fact that they had no swag to offer didn’t help.
- The Chicago natural history museum is great. Too bad the guide demoing the plasma ball to us couldn’t explain why she could produce sparks from the ball with a coin and not with her bare hand. Sigh. 9th-grade physics.
- Found this RedHat guy who hates devicetrees with a passion.
- Had a chance to talk to Linus in the elevator, about scheduling algorithm of fast-moving elevator sets.
- I like Chicago weather: hot and humid.
- Realized that my life needs more days like this.