Monthly Archives: October 2007

Past Due India Updates

It has been more than a week since I last reported anything about my trip, and (as ann_totusek pointed out to Tara yesterday at the DucKon meeting) I’m quite behind in reporting.

So here is a summary of some of the things that have been going on. I’m putting in lots of cuts so you can skip what your not interested in.


Another Serenity Crewmember

OK. Instead of writing about how my week in India has gone, I just did another quiz/meme.

I’m not too surprised with the results, so far I match most of my friends who have done this quiz. I am amused at the second choice in the tie for the top three, since it doesn’t quite fit with the others.

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
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You scored as Serenity (Firefly)

You like to live your own way and don’t enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

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Quiet day, but Jet Lag or Insomnia

Friday was a work day. Basically, I spent the day sitting in the office that I’ll be working out of while I’m in Bangalore — somehow when I’m in Bangalore I get a private or semi-private office, when I’m at home I get a cube — doing bits and pieces of work (and making Live Journal entries).

Saturday was a quite day at the Palm Meadows. The Palm Meadows Club where I am staying is a small hotel attached to the swim and tennis club at the center of a upper middle class gated community in Western Bangalore. I did take a couple of walks to the amenities center where there are three small grocery stores, a stationary and book store and a small take out place. Oh, and an ATM that doesn’t work for my card — even though the bank is listed as having ATMs that work for Plus ATM cards. The first walk, in the morning, resulted in confirming that my card doesn’t work. The second walk was to pick up some oranges and some Diet Coke at one of the stores.

The rest of the day was spent watching TV, both Indian TV and TV off of the TiVO at home, and taking an unwanted nap, which may have aggravated the problem I had last night sleeping.

The main problem I’ve been having is that I haven’t been sleeping, or at least not when I should. Compared to all of my previous international trips, this is the worst problem I’ve had with this. I’m hoping that if I can stay up today without a nap (like I took yesterday) I’ll be normal by tomorrow when I have to start teaching.

Travel/Trip Report — Chicago to Bangalore October 10-12, 2007

This morning, just after midnight, I safely arrived in Bangalore to start my business trip to conduct training for a couple of our teams here.

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What a week this will be

This is not the kind of week I am used to having.

Today, I had to take off because The Kid had neither school or daycare. Instead, after I called into my boss’s staff meeting, we headed down to Vertical Endeavors in Warrenville and spent an hour or so driving each other up the walls. Derrick was doing better than I was at climbing — and would have been doing much better if I could have gotten him to try lifting his body with his legs instead of his arms. I wasn’t doing badly, but was having some trouble finding good hand and foot holds, and probably wasn’t lifting with my arms enough.

After climbing, we hit up the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings for a lunch that was probably a bit too heavy in calories and was defiantly too light in vegatation.

Tonight, I’ve got two karate classes, and Derrick has two karate classes (actually his first one was at 3:30.

Tomorrow, I’ve got a normal day of work.

Wednesday, I leave for two+ weeks in India.

I don’t know if I like a 1 day work week or not.

I Finally Finished Harry Potter # 7

Having started my re-listen to the first six Harry Potter books later than I should have (by about two months as it turns out) I just finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this afternoon on the way home from church.

Just in case you’re more behind than I am — spoilers lurk below

A “Word” I’m Tired of Hearing

Yesterday, I attended a track at Motorola’s Innovation Conference — which I have some other gripes about as well, but will not report on them here. Twice during the presentations, I heard a word that often makes me wince because of the wrongness of it: “architected.” In the last few years software people have decided that “design” or “architectural design” are too hard to say, or not clear enough and have verbed “architect” and I don’t like hearing it.

If you need to distinguish between the process of designing the system or software architecture from the design of the system of software components, then you can use “architectural design,” otherwise “design” is a perfectly valid and descriptive word.

When I shared this complaint with my Mother the architectural engineer, she agreed with me completely. In her career, she never once heard any of the architects refer to what they were doing as anything other than designing. An architect designs architecture. That is true for buildings and software based systems.