ArcSight User's Conference late last night. Work sent me to represent, or something like that. ;) The trip was in Washington DC" /> ArcSight User's Conference late last night. Work sent me to represent, or something like that. ;) The trip was in Washington DC" />

been hectic - airport whining May2006

I got back from the ArcSight User's Conference late last night. Work sent me to represent, or something like that. ;)

The trip was in Washington DC, which I was pretty excited about.

the conference

The conference ran from Tuesday until Thursday about 6PM. Really, much of the content felt more targetted towards management, and less towards the grunts in the field (like myself). But, there was a good bit of presentations that really did cover technical details. These provided good content and I actually got a good exposure to the way lots of organizations are using ArcSight. I think the most informative thing was in how other people were getting more performance out of the app, and I'm interested to make some changes at work to get more done and do things better. On the plus side, I got to hang with a couple of other IBMers for the week, and since I'm a remote employee, that's always fun.

my day as a tourist

On Friday, I left the hotel right at 6AM to get some other IBMers to their flights in time. Since my flight wasn't until later in the afternoon, I ended up taking the metro back to downtown DC and walking around for a few hours (see the pics I took with my cellphone cam). The monuments/memorials were just Amazing. In particular, the Korean War Memorial was simply excellent.

and... stuck at the airport

After dragging my suitcase and lugging my latop for almost four hours, I headed back to the airport. I figured I could get an earlier flight home, and if not, at least get some work done. Two things - American Airlines is now at the bottom of my list. Literally, I'd rather send myself via UPS next time. Second, Reagan Airport apparently doesn't seem to have wireless internet access unless you're one of the royalty that's a member of the admiral's clubs. So, my earlier flight wasn't happening and I wasn't getting any work done. Stupid airport. My flight was supposed to leave at 4. There were issues. It left about 6PM. I landed in Raleigh/Durham before 7 and was supposed to be on the ground 20 minutes. After lightning and some discussion of a missing part IN THE AIRPLANE WE FLEW FROM DC IN, we got a new airplane and pulled out of there shortly before 10PM. I got to Austin, caught a taxi home and was in bed about 2AM. Yay!!!

the DaVinci Code

While I was stuck at Reagan, I picked up the DaVinci Code. I lack about 10 pages from being done, but to be honest, I'm not really impressed. Many of the arguments put forth in the book to stir up controversy are blatantly wrong, there's weak characterization, and Dan Brown's concept of foreshadowing is akin to "Here's a hint.. his name starts with the letter John Wilkes Booth". Seriously, it's a weak book. There are some very interesting points in the book, and not all of the controversial stuff is wrong - but there's enough that's suspect that if you know anything about the Gnostics (I know very little) or any early Church history you'll be rolling your eyes constantly.

the baby

Quick note on the prego - Sarah's belly is crazy-lumpy-big. It's ALMOST time. Due date is July 4th, but we'll see if we actually make it that long.

These thoughts are my own, unless they're yours. And if they're yours, we may have metaphysical problems beyond simple concept ownership and should probably talk soon.
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