Arrived at EclipseCon

Mark and I arrived at the Hyatt Regency last night. I had noticed on the hotel fact sheet that the hotel offers a turndown service on request. Being unfamiliar with the service, I requested it when I checked in. They turned me down! Yuk yuk! [Duck!]

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Beatles in the Rain

Meet Rain!Mandy, and I are going to see Rain: The World’s Greatest Beatles Tribute at Massey Hall tomorrow night. I’ve always enjoyed Beatles tunes, but between the two of us, Mandy is by far the bigger Beatles fan. Luckily, Mandy’s father, who is also a huge fan, is coming too, giving Mandy the opportunity to experience the concert with somebody who appreciates it as much as she does while taking the pressure off of her ignoramus husband. It looks to be a fun night out.

Packing My Bags for EclipseCon

EclipseCon 2005I’m leaving for EclipseCon on Sunday. I hope to write daily reports on the talks that I attend, but I’m not making any promises.

I’m attending two tutorials on Monday: one on concurrency in Eclipse, the other on the Eclipse debug framework. I’m also hoping to get together with some of my former colleagues (now merely friends) from Texas Instruments that evening. And I’ll be attending a BoF on the topic of language toolkits in support of my colleague, Mark Melvin, who will be presenting in a Tech Exchange on the topic later in the week.

I have no definite plans for the rest of the week yet.

Cesare Beccaria on Design

I subscribe to the The Philospher’s Magazine’s quote-a-day mailing list. Today, I found the following quote from Cesare Beccaria in my inbox:

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm those only who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.

Somehow, when I read it, I immediately thought of Java.