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Transneptune

beyond the Kuiper Belt, over the sea

Archive for May, 2010

Back to London

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Dublin was great. Good friends, good places, got in some cricket-watching at TCD, stopped by Devitts (briefly, but did it at least—missed the session) and even got the bus down to UCD for the day. For FoWA, actually. Which was pretty great. I’ve gotta go over the pages of notes I took on the talks and digest them a bit, but there were some really interesting things said, some advice and admonitions, some interpretations of trends, and some analyses of what this whole “cloud” malarkey actually means.

I hope to get back sooner this time. Three years is too long. Thing is, Dublin is the right size, and Ireland is the right size. As Aoife put it, “you meet one gamer in this country, you meet them all.” More thoughts on this later, if I remember.

The Short of It

Friday, May 14th, 2010

FoWA conference was great. Good speakers, but the audience was kinda dead. After, party with friends here, tempered by cigarettes. I managed as best I could, but now my clothes smell smoky. Urk.

Ireland

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

I am here. Flying in, I felt my spirits lighten. It just feels plain better here. I can’t really account for it. I don’t think I want or need to, though.

I got in, a spring in my step despite Ryanair being the awful thing it is, and went straight to the center of town. Just to orient and root myself, I stopped by the old Bank of Ireland headquarters. I absorbed some magic there, and then struck off for Chapelizod. It’s a part of town I’ve not been to before, but it’s lovely. Nestled right between Phoenix Park and the Liffey.

Most importantly though: it’s fantastic to see Brian and Karen. I missed them a lot, and it’s been a lovely evening staying with them. My UCD friends are so dear to me.