Category Archives: Travel

Discussions about traveling from here to there and back

Really, no milk

Exchange at the hotel restaurant yesterday morning: “I would like some tea, no milk.” “Just tea?” “Yes, no milk.” “Black tea?” “Yes” “So black tea with milk.” “No, can I have green tea, no milk?” “OK”

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Conference: Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit

This conference is included in my list of Upcoming Events and Conferences. “The Gartner BI & Analytics Summit is the premier business analytics event providing must-have insights, frameworks and best practices for maximizing the business impact of information management and … Continue reading

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Conference: SIGGRAPH 2013

This conference is included in my list of Upcoming Events and Conferences. “Now in its 40th year, the SIGGRAPH conference is the premier international event on computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2013 is expected to draw more than 20,000 … Continue reading

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Conference: IEEE VIS 2013

This conference is included in my list of Upcoming Events and Conferences. “IEEE VIS 2013 is the premier forum for advances in scientific and information visualization. The event-packed week brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to … Continue reading

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Conference: 2013 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research

This conference is included in my list of Upcoming Events and Conferences. “INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research shows how to “Apply Science to the Art of Business.” It features presentations on real-world applications of analytic solutions, presented … Continue reading

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Conference: ISSAC 2013

This conference is included in my list of Upcoming Events and Conferences. “The International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation is the premier conference for research in symbolic computation and computer algebra. ISSAC 2013 is the 38th meeting in the … Continue reading

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Auto travel and weather

Here’s an online service I would like to see, which I’ll explain by way of example: I live near Rochester, NY, and I plan to drive to Boston, MA. These cities are about 400 miles apart and would normally take … Continue reading

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Some views from 32,000 feet

As I flew from Chicago to Las Vegas yesterday to attend the IBM Impact conference, I was lucky enough to sit on the left side of the plane in a windows seat. As the 3 and 1/2 hour trip proceeded, … Continue reading

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Photos: Maroon 5 at IBM Pulse conference

Here are some photos from last night’s Maroon 5 concert at the IBM Pulse conference in Las Vegas. The band came on around 8pm, played for 55 minutes, took a 5 minute encore break and then came back for 15 … Continue reading

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Heathrow, more and less

This morning I’m returning to the US after several days in the UK, specifically IBM‘s Hursley Labs near Winchester. It’s been a good trip but as it wound to a close I began to turn my attention, and my anxiety, … Continue reading

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Some images from a week in the Adirondacks

This last week my wife were on vacation in the Blue Mountain Lake area of the New York Adirondack mountains. Here are a few shots of the lake and surrounding mountains taken at different times of the day and in … Continue reading

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A July Saturday in Camden, ME

This last weekend my wife Judith and I visited some friends in Maine and we spent a good part of Saturday in, around, and above Camden, Maine. We shopped, we ate, we sailed, we drove to the top of a … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: Nashville, TN, Day 2, and home

Two weeks ago was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries I’ve … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: Nashville, TN, Day 1

Two weeks ago was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries I’ve … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: Oak Ridge to Nashville, TN

The week before last was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This last week was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries I’ll … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN

This last week was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries I’ll … Continue reading

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2011 Road Trip: From home to Pigeon Forge, TN

This last week was my son Will’s Spring Break from school, so he and I took a 1750+ mile (2800+ km) road trip from our home in upstate New York, USA, down south to Tennessee. Over several blog entries I’ll … Continue reading

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Almost trout season

Yesterday my family and I drove through southern Vermont on our way home from a visit to my in-laws in New Hampshire. Whenever possible, I try to drive through Arlington, a small town nestled in the Green Mountains south of … Continue reading

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A winter escape from New York

This is a not a story about leaving the City for a fun-filled winter vacation. Rather, it details how I managed to get home ahead of the sixth big snowstorm to hit the area this season. This last week I … Continue reading

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The trip that wasn’t

I should know better than try to travel in November. This last Saturday I was scheduled to travel to Europe for a business meeting. It was the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, so I wasn’t surprised when I got to the … Continue reading

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Photo – Pumpkins at the market

Pumpkins in front of the Wegmans supermarket in Pittsford, NY. Click the image to see a larger version.

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A late summer visit to the Erie Canal

Last March, feeling antsy that winter seemed to be going on forever here in northwestern New York, I paid a visit to the Erie Canal in Pittsford. Most of the canal was covered with snow and ice and so there … Continue reading

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Photos: Lake Ontario in early September

Three photos of Lake Ontario in early September, taken off Pultneyville, NY, about 20 miles east of Rochester.

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Photos: A visit to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

Last Sunday my family and I spent a few hours at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, just east of the Vermont-New Hamphire border. August Saint-Gaudens was a late nineteenth/early twentieth century American sculptor known for his … Continue reading

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Driving a UHaul from upstate NY to Chicago

Several weeks ago my daughter Katie needed to move into an apartment in Chicago and we needed to help her furnish said apartment with a couch, chair, tables, bed, and various other possessions. Unlike our trips carting her things back … Continue reading

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What happens when I go to a conference

I’m spending a few days this week in Boston attending the Red Hat Summit in Boston, a large and very professionally done conference about their Linux, virtualization, and middleware offerings. Earlier today, IBM‘s Jean Staten Healy and I gave a … Continue reading

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Munich, early May, early evening

After I had finished my meetings in Munich last week but before I started my 48 hour adventure to get home from Germany around the volcanic ash cloud, I had a chance to walk around the city a bit and … Continue reading

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My least favorite volcano

Eyjafjoell, let me go home. I’ve been in Europe this past week on business and was scheduled to return home to the United States yesterday. I’m still here though I hope to get out later today. My Saturday morning flight … Continue reading

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A sight not often seen in airports

Two outlets, both unused. Most airports have pathetic coverage for power outlets, and it’s especially frustrating after they remodel terminals. I understand that they might be trying to drive people into the airline lounges, but some, like Boston Logan, are … Continue reading

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The Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Last week my family and I went to Chicago to visit my daughter Katie who is in college there. Our primary planned activity was seeing chef and author Anthony Bourdain at the Chicago Theatre, but we took some time on … Continue reading

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A winter walk on the Erie Canal

This afternoon the temperature made it up almost to 50 F here in northwest New York State. This is certainly above normal, which only starts to make up for the very cold but relatively snowless winter this year. I had … Continue reading

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Oh, the indignity!

I had to make a quick run to the grocery store yesterday and while I’m used to seeing statues, religious and otherwise, in gardens, this seemed to me to be a strange and awkward location for one.

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Lotusphere photos: Ubuntu’s Peter Woodward and Tux

Here’s the next round of photos from Lotusphere 2010. Here’s Peter Woodward of Canonical/Ubuntu and me. Light could have been better, but you take what you can get in a meeting room. Next is our friendly penguin friend sporting an … Continue reading

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Two very early Lotusphere 2010 photos

Here are a couple of photographs taken very early at Lotusphere 2010 at Disney World in Florida this week and they are, perhaps, a bit different. This was a lonely hammock by the beach looking toward the Grand Floridian Resort. … Continue reading

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