The Twitter Diaries: 2009-07-05: New Zealand

  • half an hour before time to go to the airport for the start of a very long trip (tho, as it turned out, probably not as long as the last) #
  • I’ve been either working or traveling (or both) for the last 13 days without break. No wonder I’m tired. #
  • still 3 hours to kill in Buenos Aires airport… #
  • coming into Buenos Aires airport, we were all scanned with an infrared camera for fever. But, unlike a week ago, not required to wear masks #
  • a whole family traveling from Porto Alegre on the plane were wearing orange sort of conical masks – they looked like ducks #
  • but very few people I’ve seen so far are willingly wearing masks at all #
  • after drowning in people from all over south America in the Sun stand for four long days, whatever’s out there, I’ve been exposed. #
  • oh, there are the duck people at another table. I wonder if they’re going to Auckland, too. #
  • Buenos Aires airport tip: free wifi available in La Banderita restaurant near gate 12. Nowhere else that I’ve found so far. #
  • running on reserve power, both my laptop and my body. And still >2 hours to boarding. #
  • We may overfly Antarctica, not sure if there will be light to see it by. Losing a day somewhere in there, I’ll arrive Tuesday morning. #
  • woot! found a power point to connect to that’s still within wifi range of the restaurant. Sitting on a hard, cold floor, oh well #
  • @lskrocki will do. FISL was amazing – so much enthusiasm! I was pleasantly surprised at how much demand there is for knowledge about video in reply to lskrocki #
  • ow ow ow. 4 long days of being mostly on my feet makes me feel like a very old woman, at least in my joints. Hard airport floor not helping #
  • @reiger not yet, I’m afraid. Will be back in the US in time for OSCON, possibly sooner. Then… we’ll see. in reply to reiger #
  • @NathanFillion trying to SPAM (Spend Paul Allen’s Money). Well, he’s supplying telescopes for SETI, surely needs gear to go with them. in reply to NathanFillion #
  • race against time: will my video of President Lula finish uploading to YouTube before my flight is called? And will I still have time to… #
  • a lot of people looking at me funny. Is it because I’m sitting on the floor or because I have a laptop? Girl geek here, folks! #
  • video uploaded! Keep an eye on http://www.youtube.com/deirdres for it to finish processing. I gotta get on a plane about now. #

  • in Auckland, finally got online, but will probably crash for a nap soon. It was a loooong trip. #
  • President Lula of Brazil Meets OpenSolaris http://bit.ly/31KNwS
    (rough cut uploaded from Buenos Aires airport) #
  • NB a clip of our guys with Lula made it onto Brazilian national news, but I suspect I got better footage – the press was outside a fence #
  • was a forced witness to a weird “shipboard” romance on the plane last night. They had evidently met for the first time at BA airport… #
  • …they boarded together, chatting animatedly, she bulldozed the young woman who was supposed to sit next to her into switching seats… #
  • …so he could sit next to her. They chatted much of the night, he mentioned a wife. I went to sleep. Woke up, they were making out… #
  • …The tone of everything I couldn’t help overhearing seemed to indicate a swept-away love at first sight. Maybe he was unhappy in marriage #
  • …who was I to judge? But, as we all walked into the terminal, I heard her say: “I’m so glad I found you. The trip would have been boring.” #
  • …and that seemed to be that. When last I saw him, he was standing alone, waiting for his luggage. #
  • Have learned that, in Maori, WH is pronounced (roughly) FW. Which makes telling people I’m going to Whakatane tomorrow a little tricky. #
  • @debworks nope, Viareggio isn’t particularly near us in reply to debworks #
  • @Padmasree sadly, there is one thing telepresence can’t overcome: time zones #clsf in reply to Padmasree #
  • last week’s Tweet roundup, with photos added: http://bit.ly/yop1i #
  • @Britopian I recommend EventBrite for event registrations – was very happy with the power, flexibility, and results (on free events) in reply to Britopian #
  • @bklein34 that’s what you get for speaking in public on the subject. ; ) in reply to bklein34 #
  • @vdotw the mail server is very in-and-out for me right now in reply to vdotw #
  • Gotta love the kiwi sense of humor …and I’m flying this airline today, for the first time in my life -http://bit.ly/V7qHf #
  • I like to buy souvenirs that truly represent a country. In Rio Grande do Sul, it was a mate’ cup (with metal straw and tripod stand) #
  • …in New Zealand: lovely warm wool socks! #
  • @glynnfoster don’t tempt me with Ugg boots – 2 pairs already, I adore them! Merino also sounds excellent, tho little opp to wear it in US in reply to glynnfoster #
  • @mjabali thanks, will use that link when I get around to writing about this in reply to mjabali #
  • breakfast: toast w/Vegemite (which I learned to love long ago), coffee, kiwi fruit, Zespri. My host’s uncle originally named the kiwi fruit. #
  • will Franken have to make up all the Senate sessions he’s missed, or can he test out of those? #
  • learned in Brazil: having a mascot is important here. Gnu & Tux were v popular on the show floor. But what can we do with bubbles? #
  • @glynnfoster come to think of it, are Ugg boots cheaper here than in the US…? in reply to glynnfoster #
  • @robbogio yes, I understood quite a bit of Br Port, though reading was easier than hearing in reply to robbogio #
  • @missbhavens so how close is the big day? in reply to missbhavens #
  • I think I saw the Southern Cross for the first time last night, out the bathroom window. #
  • @dave_enz wow, I feel so popular! I’ll be working on the presos this weekend. Enjoying the Kibblewhites & their lovely home in reply to dave_enz #
  • @robbogio pretty much, but I’ve had practice – known lots of Kiwis for years, so i’ve heard of things like “pikelets” before in reply to robbogio #
  • I completely understand why people fall in love with New Zealand. Much gorgeousness packed into one very small country. #
  • @metadaddy nooooo – jumping from a great height with a rubber band around my ankle definitely not me! in reply to metadaddy #
  • had to move away from the fire – too sleepy already. My body knows that it’s 3 am in Brazil #
  • troubleshooting audio issues on a friend’s Dell desktop. Do I trust this Windows automated troubleshooter thingy? #
  • boh. Dunno what I did, but something worked. We now have sound. #
  • highly amused by my life. “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” #
  • RT @bicyclemark well. here it is for what its worth. Hilter Learns of Michael Jackson’s death. http://bit.ly/16djgP LOLOLOLOLOL! #
  • about to take the Kibblewhites out for a thank-you dinner. Wearing the amazing jasper necklace I bought in Porto Alegre #
  • how convenient! seminar venue is only 1.6 km from Sun’s Wellington office. I can get started on what will be the expense report from hell. #
  • I’ve taken to checking twitter before news.google.com. I get the news here faster. #
  • leaving the beautiful Bay of Plenty today for Wellington, which may also be beautiful but will be chilly and wet. Where’s that NZ merino? #
  • @SteveEdiger @jonasthaler Amal keeps telling me “To keep your job, make sure you impact the bottom line.” ; ) in reply to SteveEdiger #

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