Monday, May 14, 2007

Austin MoMo

I've made it back from a successful trip to Austin. Of course I ate some of my favorite food and was able to catch up with some old friends.

Once off the plane I immediately headed for the Salt Lick, but only the one in the airport. I ordered a brisket sandwich with extra sauce. Just as I remembered it, wonderful. The last time I had Salt Lick was when I had Jacki buy some at the airport when she was returning to Atlanta. Her flight was delayed multiple hours and I ended up eating that sandwich nearly 8 hours after she bought it. It was much better to have hot and right off the grill.

Next stop, music. I left straight for Waterloo Records from the airport. Spent about an hour at Waterloo and picked up quite a bit of Texas music including Vallejo, Storyville, and Chingon. I also picked some other things that only a store like Waterloo tends to carry.

At this point I checked into the hotel, and then headed over to see Ron and Kat. I hadn't seen them in years and couldn't have asked for a better visit. Good drinks and even better conversation. Thanks for the great time.

Now back to reality. Although Ron and I stayed up too late, I had to get to work on my presentation first thing Monday morning. The Mobile Monday Austin was the purpose of the trip and I had a good bit of work to do. I put in 2-3 hours up until lunch, then made a side trip for another bar-b-q lunch at Rudy's. I worked at Rudy's for about an hour and then I met up with Enrique, the organizer of Mobile Monday, to work on my presentation.

We met at Opal Divine's on 6th street and worked there for several hours. We had a surprise visit from Tux, a former co-worker. We were able to show each other family pictures, catch up on what old friends are now doing, and then catching each other up on how life is going in general. We worked right up until the time Enrique and I had to go to the Omni hotel for the event.

I thought I was going to be nervous when I presented, but fortunately the audience was very laid back and I was able to have a relaxed and interactive discussion. I was allotted 30 minutes for my presentation and believe I ended up talking for over an hour. People couldn't get enough of Helio. I presented the Ocean and discussed how the key is communication over data services. All content must be discoverable and shared, usability is key, the simple things often have a greater impact than complex features, and shared my ideas for solving mobility problems server side.

This was my first opportunity to present to an industry audience and to hear immediate feedback. There is a lot of excitement about Helio and the audience seemed very pleased with the presentation. It's great to see so many people rooting for us.

Enrique gave a glowing review of my presentation on his blog. My favorite quote is "and today David is one of my mobility heroes". Too kind, too kind.

A special thanks to C. Enrique Ortiz and to Marisa Sladek. Thank you for providing me a great opportunity and for doing a great thing for mobility by carrying the Mobile Monday torch in Austin.

After the event I met up with Terry at Trudy's South Star. He's now my brother in law but that night it felt like we were just catching up over drinks back in college. One of the best times I've had with Terry in years. Terry and I stayed out until Trudy's shut down at 2am. Sorry to keep you up so late!

Since I had a 6am flight the next morning I just ended up staying up all night, the risk of falling asleep and not waking up was too high. I'm now back in Santa Monica, caught up on sleep, and back to my regularly scheduled program.

Thanks to everyone for giving me a better visit home than I could have imagined. It was great to catch up with all of you and I can't wait until next time.

Oh and how do I feel about going back to Austin? Other than the fact that it was 97 degrees and I was sweating everywhere I went, I was glad to see the spirit of "Keep Austin Weird" is alive and well. It was great to see that it still feels like home.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The travel never stops... Austin

Just one more trip and then I'll be home for a while. I was in Korea last week and am heading to my former hometown of Austin as I type this.

I've been invited to speak at a Mobile Mondays Austin by a former colleague of mine, Enrique Ortiz. See below for the details if you are in Austin. I'll be speaking about the launch of our newest device the Ocean.

When: Monday, May 14 , 2007 5:45 pm - 8:00pm
Where: Omni Hotel - Austin Room (2nd Floor) 700 San Jacinto at 8th Street Austin, TX 78701 [map]
Cost: Free, space is limited so please RSVP

It has been nearly 5 years since I've been to Austin. I'm anxious about seeing the town I called home for many years and fear that I'll be disappointed with what the town has turned into. In other ways I'm worried that I'll fall back in love with the town and will want to immediately move back. Hopefully it will be somewhere in between the two.

The best part of this trip other than the food (bbq, and tex-mex) will be getting to catch up with my good friend Ron and brother in law Terry.

Well the plane is now boarding, so wish me luck on my presentation.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Heaven and Hell at the Forum

A week and a half back I went to the Heaven And Hell show (Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio). It was a good show although the Heaven And Hell set seemed long. Most of their songs are at a slower tempo and nearly 2 hours of slow tempo music makes for a long night.

Machine Head and Megadeth opened. This was my first time to see Machine Head, they were alright but I still have no plans to get one of their cds. The Megadeth set was great. High energy, good playing and a very tight band. This was my second time to see Dave and the 'Deth. Their was quite a bit of controversy when he changed his band up a couple of years back, but I must say this is a great sounding line up.

The floor was GA which meant I was standing all night and having to deal with a metal crowd. Crowd surfing and the pit was in full swing during the Megadeth set. I was pretty sore from getting banged up by the time the show was over.

The crowd seemed into the bands. Machine Head played to only a small audience, so small I thought the show was going to be a bust. But by the time Megadeth came out the venue was 70-80% full.

April 25, 2007
The Forum
Inglewood, California

Take no Prisoners
Wake Up Dead
Kick the Chair
Hangar 18
Washington's Next
Peace Sells
Holy Wars

Heaven and Hell
April 25, 2007
The Forum
Inglewood, CA

-intro- (E5150)
After All (The Dead)
The Mob Rules
Children Of The Sea
Lady Evil

Sign Of The Southern Cross
The Devil Cried
- drum solo-
Computer God
Falling Off The Edge Of The World
Shadow Of The Wind
Die Young
Heaven And Hell (extended)
Neon Knights

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Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath), Megadeth, Machine Head

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

More San Diego Pictures

Here are links to the rest of our vacation pictures.

San Diego Zoo

Coronado Island

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