Friday, June 30, 2006

Mountain View Weather June

Last day of June and the weather here in Mountain View has bee dry, warm/hot/warm and mainly sunny the whole month since I arrived. I say mainly sunny as a cold front did pass by early on but no rain. A heatwave followed and now a pattern of low cloud/fog depending on how thick, either burns off before you wake or on thicker days, it late morning. Temps, have varied from low twenties to thirty seven as the hottest recorded temp. for the month.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

BarCamp San Francisco 22-23 June

BarCamp San Francisco
BarCamp San Francisco,
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Me arriving at barcamp, 1 Market Plaza, Microsoft Offices. Photo taken and you write your name and three tag words on a sticker to identify your interests.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Bar Camp started

I write this post from my first Microsoft, San Francisco are our hosts for the weekend. I've got the layout of the office sussed and the food has arrived, obviously, the beer was there from the start. There is word in the room that a Scottish Barcamp could be on the cards. More later.

2am and the first session of barcamp is just about at a close. Time to find a place to rollout the sleeping bag. One of the walls has been used to segment time over Saturday and Sunday and the neat thing is the agenda is just made up as those who want to present sign up to a session. That will then attract or otherwise an audience. The intellectual chat tonight has been a great release and the idea flow is endless. 9am start tomorrow.

First looked at the time at 7.30am. I must of got some sleep. The floor was real hard. Already, some of the campers are up and preparing for the start of the day. The wall of presentations is filling up.

Now, 5.30 the day has past quickly. We self formed a health/medical/blogging group that met at the Bloggercon venue. This was a insightful and valuable session from a small group that has real experience of where we are at as this industry takes shape.

Then back to bar camp to participate in micro identity session and to provide feedback to Microsoft.

Ideas and self forming conversation on a breadth of topics is all about. I decided not to camp out on the floor Saturday, opting to head back to Mountain View.

Arrived back in barcamp at Sunday lunch time. I had put together a couple of slides on the topic of Website Independent Comparison Shopping, tool bar demo, and by good chance there was still an opening on the schedule to present. Before that Tara and Chris lead a session on the concept of their Citizen Agency. At the heart of this vision is to enable individuals to work on things that they want to and a mechanism to remunerate. Self organizing peer to peer, shared values to practical skill set, trusted network.

Then I got my turn to present the ecoTorch toolbar we developed to an alpha stage in 2001. Turns out has a project heading in this direction and I need to follow that up. Thank you to all those that participated.

Then is was time for Barcamp to quite literally clean and tidy up. All chipped in and Microsoft offices were back ready for their employees on Monday morning.

Barcamp was great, thank you to all for making it what it is. I'll need to find the time to get a barcamp in Aberdeen up and running. Open source from code to ideas is going to change the world.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

IQ Queen

My youngest sister graduated today with a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Well done and welcome to the first class club.

J (I)

Friday, June 16, 2006

B-day in SF

Spent a sunny and fog free day in SF for my b-day. 11 year ago in August I arrived in SF for the first time and it was foggy. The Golden Gate Bridge was hard to see. But today it was crystal clear, a strong wind but warm. A kite surfer was taking full advantage of the conditions and a passing super cargo ship just added to their fun, as they took big air of the bow wave.

Met with friends for an evening meal. It had been a very hot day in Mountain View, no strong wind to keep the temperatures down.

Week ahead looks sunny all the way.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

highway85, Mountain View

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The little street, near where I am living. Cool sky.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Mountain View Masters

Back at the outdoor pool this morning at eagle park to train with Mountain View Masters. Blue skies and warm temperatures, a big difference from my last trip. The water is still cool when you jump in but with a few laps in you soon warm up. A tough set this morning so I skipped the odd 50m to get more rest. Luckily for me the club laid on breakfast after swimming this morning.

It was good to catch up with my swimming buddies again.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Part II James of the America's

I arrived back in Mountain View, CA today. The flight across the pond was hot and uncomfortable again. A full aging jumbo just can not cope with the heat of so many bodies.

I am all set to join the silicon valley funding raising game again. I know the rules from my first trip and I can not wait to get stuck into the networking again.