Sunday, August 24, 2008

Burning Man

I'm currently driving to Burning Man while writing this post. This is my first year... Very excited!!

I've heard rumours of Internet connectivity, but even if there is, I'm going to be mostly offline for a week.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Visiting Bourbon County

Many of you may already know of my love for bourbon. Woodford Reserve, in particular. For about a year, I've been talking with friends about a trip to Bourbon County, Kentucky to visit "the homeland". Well, we've started to organize the trip for mid-September. I've set up a Facebook event for the Bourbon County trip. Unfortunately, I know that I've forgotten to invite some bourbon lovers onto the event, so if you're game, then please add yourself to the event! And please forward to other bourbon aficionados that I've forgotten.

I'm really looking forward to the event! I hope you can join us in the fun!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


On my recent status updates (to Twitter and Facebook), I mentioned hanging out at the WeGame offices. A friend of mine asked about that, kind of wondering whether I'm working here or contracting or something. Nah... nothing so dramatic.

My friend Jared started WeGame last year, and has a big cozy office here in SoMa with a dozen or so people. I pack up my laptop and come over to get out of the loft. Hang out with real people, a fridge of drinks, access to a printer and fax, network connectivity, and whatnot. It is kind of like the coworking concept that my friends over at Citizen Space have been encouraging and talking about for a long while.


In my first post on this blog, I mentioned going to Europe. I spent about four days in various places in Belgium, and several days in Amsterdam. One of the days in Belgium, I got a chance to go and visit the Westvleteran Brewery. This was an awesome experience, given that the Westvleteran 12 is pretty consistently rated as the best beer in the world.

My first experience with the Westvleteran 12 was in February 2006 when I was in Brussels for the FOSDEM conference. I remembered it as "good, but with sort of a sweet/bock style flavor." I'm not a bock beer fan, so on this trip, I was approaching the 12 with a little trepidation. At the cafe there next to the abbey, I ordered a pint. Woah. Way way better than I remembered. No wonder it gets such great ratings.

Getting a hold of Westvleteran beer is difficult. The abbey only sells to individuals, and only one case maximum at a time. And not all varieties on any given week. The stuff is in huge demand, but they won't alter production. The abbey doesn't need more money, so they don't make more beer.

If you get a chance to go, or a chance to try the Westvleteran beers, then go for it! You won't be disappointed.

(and yes, I brought some home with me...)

Friday, August 15, 2008


People who follow my Twitter feed have seen that I'm currently in Hawaii (spur of the moment trip!). Kauai to be precise. This is the first time on this island. I've been to Oahu and Maui a couple times each, and the Big Island once. Kauai is a pretty island, and lightly populated.

Yesterday, I had a Hawaiian "plate lunch" with Kahlua pig and Laulau. Wow. An incredibly tasty meal! Another local item I learned about is Koa wood. It has a beautiful grain that shows through when polished. I saw some very artistic boxes made of Koa wood at a store here in Lihue. One other "local item" is the Red Dirt t-shirt that I bought. Some very cool products!

This visit is fun, but a bit somber because the reason for the visit is to care for a sick family member (doing okay!). I'll be back to Kauai in October and that will be a "real" vacation.

Saturday, August 02, 2008


Thanks everyone for the well-wishes!

The most frequent question i've been asked is which Open Source project(s) I'll be working on. The non-helpful answer is "whatever seems cool" :-) seriously, though... I do have some ideas now, but nothing really ties me to them except if they're interesting.

Big ones right now are the svn working copy library, the serf library, and the new Apache web server. Thinking about some others, but first up is to jump back into svn.