Don’t know why WPG2 and dokuwiki-markup don’t play well together, so I have to put the snaps and descriptions in separate posts for now :-(
Last weekend I had gone to the [[http://www.mysteryspot.com|Mystery Spot]] with a good friend.
It was fun. Not because Mystery Spot is just fabulous, hardly so, but simply because I had a good time. As for Mystery Spot, I was a little unfazed. I mean, I couldn’t really see any “mystery” and the demos were also not that impressive.
Our tour guide was great though — she kept everyone entertained for almost an hour. It was fun walking around in that crooked house :-) At the end of the tour she asked how many people thought it was all just an optical illusion and I was the only one who raised my hand :-)
I would have been really impressed had they actually shown a compass going awry or something like that. But they glossed over all the best parts saying that it doesn’t happen all the time.
We went to [[http://www.beachboardwalk.com/|Boardwalk]] after that and it was //so much// fun! The water was cold but we still got in :-) But the parking was a total rip-off — $10!!! :-O
Meanwhile there’s plenty of chaos back at UCSD because of the move. resolute will be going down very soon, and I don’t know if and when it will be back up. So don’t hold your breath (as if you were!!)
So long, and have fun!
I had a great this time weekend hiking/camping. There were 6 of us: moi, [[http://www.crhc.uiuc.edu/~gaonkar/|Shravan]], [[http://www.cs.duke.edu/~grit/|Laura]], Yin, Ginger and Ryan.
We left Friday evening and camped out at [[http://employeeprograms.hp.com/little-basin/|Little Basin]]. My camping experience this time was much better than the lastâ€”the camp site was much more like the traditional camping ground I had in mind, there werenâ€™t too many people around, the jungle was lush and dense, the weather was nice, it wasnâ€™t hot or dry and we even had an interesting incident with a racoon!
I also learnt a lot about traditional camping practices here in the USâ€”like sâ€™mores or the common breakfast and lunches people have, or quickly setting up a tent and so on.
On Saturday we drove to the [[http://www.bigbasin.org/|Big Basin State Park]] and hiked on an eight mile trail (actually we looped across walking on one trail the first half and coming back through a second one on the latter half). There were some nice waterfalls on the way, and we had a good time walking and talking and lunching together.
I’m back from Netherlands, and my first conference. The conference was just about okay — not totally in my area, so didn’t meet a whole lot of interesting people; not totally well organized, so not a whole lot fun — but on the whole it was an amazing experience! Volendam was a nice, quaint, little old town. Though a bit pricey, I must say. Hotel Spaander was, well unique. Lots of fine arts, good on facilities and average on services. Quite surprisingly, network connectivity was a scarce resource at this particular “networking” conference — quite an irony actually, if you ask me.