Colorado part 1: Denver and art

I think I was about 10 years old when I decided I wanted to visit Colorado. I had read about a city called Boulder, where you could spend a warm and sunny morning in town and then drive an hour or so and be on a snow-covered mountain. I had never experienced an actual mountain, and that sounded like a good way to do it. In the mean time, I’ve had 15 years of South Park to mould my perceptions of Colorado.

The good side of Texas

According to The Guardian, Texas has taken in more than 230,000 refugees from New Orleans. That’s more than every other state added together; Austin alone is planning to take in more refugees than Colorado. (It’s a shame the Coliseum is half demolished.) The Red Cross say they already have more volunteers in Austin than they can use, though the Capitol Area Food Bank is still looking for assistance.

Not missing the snow either, thank you

After several days of enthusiastic rain, the weather finally let up this afternoon. We had gone to the Spider House Café, and I’d done a good chunk of work, so when the sun came out we decided to go and see the new Zilker Park Waterfall. It seems that the Colorado river is rather beefier than usual, and is flowing over the dam in a great brown stinky torrent. Since we were downtown and hungry, we decided to go to Z’ Tejas.

Vegas Day 3: The Hoover Dam

I’d always wanted to see a dam, and as dams go, they don’t come much bigger than the Hoover Dam. Named after Herbert, rather than the more infamous J. Edgar, it’s possibly the most impressive piece of structural engineering of the 20th Century. Hoover gets the credit because as well as being a politician, he was a former engineer, and arranged the contracts between 7 different US states which would allow the project to go ahead.

Work

As far as work goes, today was a change of pace, as I was asked to travel to Virginia to give a presentation to a bunch of sales account managers. These are the guys who handle the big customer accounts and keep the million dollar deals flowing, and the company needs to make sure they know everything there is to know about Lotus software… so I was asked to go tell them where they can find everything there is to know about Lotus software.

Travel ambitions [updated]

A question from Dan What are the top ten places you want to visit before you die (they can be places you’ve already been, if you want to go back)? Well, I don’t keep a list, so I might miss a few important ones, but here are ten… I’d like to go to Japan. I think it would probably require that I be accompanied by someone who spoke some Japanese, however.