It has been a while since I’ve been able to write. I’ve been up to my elbows in preparation for DAC (Design Automation Conference).
DAC had a low turn out this year, but still was fairly productive. I gave several demos (15-20) of the OMCs (Open Modeling Coalition) OpenAccess timing plug-in that I’ve been working on for the last few months. I was fortunate to give a majority of the demos to engineers rather than manager types, so I explained a lot of the technical details which I am more comfortable with anyway.
Of coarse DAC is not DAC without the Denali party. JL Gray was kind enough to blog about the party and provide a little more insight into the future of DAC as well as post some photos of the party. I was fortunate to have a full pass this year so I was also able to attend the Wednesday night DAC party as well, which was just as well attended as the Denali party but only ran until 10:00PM.
I had a great room at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, just a block or so from the convention center. There were some absolutely amazing views of the harbor from the Top of the Hyatt bar on the 40th floor.
I drove to Hollywood on Friday and spent the weekend there. I stayed at a friends apartment that sit directly underneath the famous Hollywood sign. I didn’t get a lot of site seeing in as I really didn’t want to drive that much, but I walk Hollywood Boulevard, and see some interesting sites such as Mann’s Chinese Theater (now Grauman’s) and all of the hand and foot prints, Miceli’s, Pig ‘N Wistle, and of course Frederick’s of Hollywood.
My ex-wife and daughter flew into San Diego on Monday and we spent the week vacationing. My daughters favorite attraction was Legoland. I actually was pretty impressed by the park as well. It is very family oriented, clean and well maintained. We also were able to visit The San Diego Zoo and Sea World. I had never been to Coronado Island in my trips to San Diego but Imperial Beach was suggested to me by one of the locals. A very nice and clean beach, though the public restrooms could use a make over. We also got the chance to eat at the Kansas City Barbeque, this bar was featured in the movie Top Gun, and in general is a pretty cool place to visit.
All in all it was a good two weeks. The only real problem I had was with flight delays. Now that DAC is over I will have a little more free time to blog and promote DZone. I also have more OpenOffice ODF (Open Document Format) articles on the way. I’ll be posting pictures from the trip later in the week.
Until next time.