Regardless of my unfortunate early wake up, the day started great. I spent a couple hours reviewing and tightening up my block change tracking presentation. Unfortunately, just before the beginning I realized that one animated slide was completely screwed up and I wasn’t able to fix it on time so I apologize to the audience once again — it will be uploaded fixed. Other than that screwed up slide, the presentation went very well.
I’ve got up at 6:30 today (it becomes a bad habit) because my phone started to make annoying sounds at 5:45 — it’s way too clever about meeting reminders and timezone-aware. OK. Time to move now — the second day of AUSOUG 2007 in Melbourne is about to start…
I registered at about 8:30 and went to the speaker prep. room. I was looking for internet there but…
Quick sum up of my previous post — I’m in Sydney this week and getting ready for my AUSOUG “snoitatneserp” next week.
Yesterday morning my co-worker, Alex Gorbachev, arrived from Sydney. We went together to sight-see around the city. We stopped off and got a map of Melbourne and made our way to Bourke Street for lunch. Next we headed to the large cathedral. It was HUGE and glorious and open to the public. Then we got on the tram system and headed to the botanical gardens. We went to China town for dinner last night, where Alex had real ( and real hot ) chinese food. A combination pot of some sort.
While I have another blog post in drafts, I should quickly update on the sessions I’m going to visit in the next two days of AUSOUG 2007 in Melbourne. I arrived to Melbourne today and I took Babette for a walk. This tour deserve a separate entry so I postpone it until I have more time to empty my camera and sort it out so back to the schedule…
Connor McDonald picked me up at the hotel and took me to some local lake to see the local fauna and flora. Afterwards, we sat on the beach and chatted for a while soaking up sun. We swung by Connor’s place after where Gillian made me an awesome avacado, ham, cheese and tomato sandwich on fresh home-made bread. The famous Max McDonald decided he would like to see me off at the airport and he came for the drive. The Perth Airport, is kinda like the old Ottawa airport used to be…only smaller.
I decided to do Rottsnest Island after all. I stood beside the captain on the cruise over there, so I could both see on both sides of the ship AND hear his “little bit of commentary”. I “hired a bike” once I got to Rottsnest as the island is really too big to do by foot. Decided I would head to one of the stops and have lunch. It was quite hilly. By the time I got to the look-out, I was too hot and exhausted to eat!! Three hours of biking and my legs were like rubber!
The 72nd edition of Log Buffer, the weekly review of database blogs, making its second appearance on Sheeri Kritzer Cabral’s blog, The MySQL She-BA.
I’m going to present couple sessions at the Australian Oracle User Group Conference in Melbourne next week. It’s the first time I’m presenting Down Under and I’m looking forward to it, although I’m still not sure if I should start from the last slide and proceed backward. It seems like I will never finish this blog post so I will be brief now and simply hint you what you can find in the next one. Nuno Souto, aka Noons, was very kind to invite me to his place for a dinner, and I can tell you it was fantastic evening. But this is a topic for the next photo-blog. Stay tuned!