24. June, 2003 - catching up

The new terminal in DTW
The new terminal in DTW
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With yesterday’s keynote news, I didn’t have time (or a sufficiently stable network connection) to upload any pictures, but here they are today. I’ll start off with a picture of the Detroit NorthWest WorldHub (or whatever the heck they’re calling it). It’s the new terminal NorthWest Airlines has built in the Detroit airport since the last time I was there. It’s a huge improvement over the old terminal.

Lining up for Steve
Lining up for Steve
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Next up is the line to get from the second floor of Moscone West to the third floor for the keynote this morning. Jeff (an ex-co-worker from WAM!NET and Multi-Ad) is in the left foreground. This was after about ten minutes of people heading up the escalators, and it took me another five to get to the third floor after I stopped taking pictures and got in line.

Nick
Nick
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Then there’s Nick. I used to work with Nick in DTS. Since then, he’s gotten married and had some (two?) kids, and has moved up to being a manager at Apple. Something about audio, I think.

Your Humble Narrator
Your Humble Narrator
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Finally there’s the picture Nick took of me, from a very low angle. He’s convinced it’s a fine work of art, and makes me look even bigger than in real life. I think he believes that’s a good thing, but with Nick it’s sometimes hard to tell.

Last night, back at the hotel, I picked up my cleaning. Forty bucks to clean a few Hawaiian shirts, a couple t-shirts, a few pair of shorts and some underwear. I’d consider it highway robbery if I hadn’t needed clean clothes so badly. It also helped that the desk clerk had commented on how heavy the load was, and then compared me to the Incredible Hulk when I picked up the load as if there was nothing to it. I really like the clerk here at the Powell. He’s got a good sense of humor, and I’m not sure that we’re not flirting sometimes. I think the best description I can give of him is that he’s a dear man. I’m not sure if he’s gay or not, and I don’t think it really matters, but he definitely belongs in San Francisco. I was especially touched by the way he cautioned me away from the Tenderloin, unless I was a sadist and then he encouraged me to go do my worst. In any case, he brings out my goofy sense of humor, and that’s fun.

The other notable thing about San Francisco is the large number of street people. Many of them are selling Street Scene, at least trying to give something in return for the money they’re getting from you, but there are also a good number of agressive and abrasive people who will curse you down the block if you fail to give them the money they expect from you. As much as I like having WWDC in San Francisco this year, I find myself hoping that it’ll be back in San Jose next year, if only so I don’t have to put up with the aggressive street people. It probably sounds callous, but when you get harassed a half-dozen times on every block you walk down, it gets old pretty fast.

No notes from the conference today, as I’m trying to get back on a morning posting schedule after yesterday’s late post. Hopefully the network will coöperate with me so I can actually do that.

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