Mon 07 Jul 2008
China Rail - The Importance of Being Punctual
Category : Commentary/CRH.txt
Okay, last post about China, in case anybody is interested in making a similar trip. We travelled between Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou via China Railway High-Speed (CRH)'s bullet train.
This is the relatve location of the four cities :
China Railway's bullet train system is very impressive. It's always on time and it makes travelling very easy from Shanghai to beyond (just 30 minutes between Shanghai and Suzhou, in the time I take to get from Woodlands in the north of Singapore to the Central Business District in the south via our own Mass Rapid Transit system and we all know how small Singapore is).
And in each of these cities that I've mentioned, there's a Ming Town Youth Hostel - which we stayed in and which I highly recommend if you don't mind roughing out (once I saw this, below, in Shanghai, everything else seemed such a bore) :
Category : Commentary/Hangzhou.txt
The joy of traveling is to discover delightful places. These are some of the pictures that I took when we were in Hangzhou :
I can work anywhere in the world, so long as I can get an Internet connection. I don't even need to be where my server is. If not for my kid's schooling, my wife and I would be quite happy to stay a few months each time in a different place. And Hangzhou would be one of those places. And, maybe, Beijing, too, in spite of the pollution, if they would have us.
Category : Commentary/IdleDistractions.txt
I'm supposed to be working on updates to DNS Enabler and WebMon for Leopard, but I'm distracted by the thought of having to update my weblog.
So why bother writing a weblog?
That's a thought I've had more than once.
Would I be more productive if I stop wasting time writing entries into this weblog? I probably would.
But anyway, now that I've got going, here's a thought -
Apple's WWDC has gotten bigger with each passing year. This year, it was even sold-out, which is supposed to be the first time that had ever happened. And, if you plot the trajectory, that's probably not going to be the last.
A particular dream of mine is that we have a conference for Mac developers, that is like WWDC, but where we don't have to fly so far to San Franciso, but that is held each year in a different city in Asia, like the way Siggraph holds its conference in a different city in the US each year.
So, since WWDC is so big, maybe we can spin off some of it into an Asian conference. Then we could have it one year in Singapore, then in Hong Kong, and then in Tokyo. And it need not be a major city. You can have it one year in a place like Hangzhou in China, which is actually, potentially, quite marvellous as a convention city, whether anyone else has realised that or not (and which would be quite a lot of fun getting to).
So, is there anyone else in the world who has a dream just like this?