"Music like water" will be a paraphrase of David Bowie, with a screen shot in my slides. That was from my Spotify meeting. Tara and her peers appreciate what this company is doing. It all started in Sweden, with a couple of friends wanting to stream music at a private birthday party.
Echoing Graham's talk: what's "property" is fluid. On Luna ("Luna Park" -- our moon), they'd sell you the smells of Planet Earth, but we get those for free here (duh) -- or used to. I've not seen the biosphere without its layer of human industrial gases at any time during this trip.
That we've morphed the planet, beyond all recognition, like a Borg, is not debatable, whether the "climate" (chuckle, what's that?) has changed or not.
I'm in the chairman's suite at the moment, having just met Julie in-the-real for the first time. I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel with my queues. This was not a paid-by-work conference. I have only Ewa to thank for the promo, and Steve.
Would I have been here otherwise? Maybe. Parallel Universe talk, best to leave it alone ("other tomorrow" -- hello Trevor Blake).
What I saw today: the guy who invented Selenium is well on his way to having a "magic fingers" with eyes, that tipples through your phone apps looking for bugs. He controlled it with Python, as it played Angry Birds on his tablet and managed a decent (I thought -- not being a player) score.
As I was explaining to some of my colleagues, I'm busy losing my virginity in several dimensions here, such as in letting my Droid scan some garbage that led it to eat a 4.5MB application. eXistenZ again.
A high point today: I grabbed the mic after an ESRI guy called the Fuller Projection crazy. This was after lots of reminders that the Mercator is nuts. We had a jovial exchange. He politely paused while I took a picture (ESRI has the Fuller Projection as an option), saying I'd put it on Facebook & Twitter (which is true). Julie Steele (O'Reilly) tweeted the buzz, which I retweeted.
Congrats to Carl Trachte for the Community Award this morning, presented in absentia.
I'm pleased with the new Nikon Coolpix S8200. It has a lot of built in intelligence, and as a guy with bags, swag, on the move, huffing / puffing, there's not all that slow motion time to set up a shot, use the gauges. The approximations taken by the on-board algorithms seem pretty on target. See what you think.