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WWDC & San Francisco

I’ve spent the last week mainly in San Francisco at the Moscone West convention center for Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. I gave the entirety of the What’s New In Cocoa talk, which is an overview of all the new features that the Cocoa Frameworks team has put into Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” (Yes, that really is the official product name). I’m told my talk was well-received, and I enjoyed giving it, even if I think I wasn’t that hot and the last demo didn’t work for me.

I’m always fascinated by cities like San Francisco. It’s exhilarating and inspiring. It’s also at times sad and bleak. I was walking down the street towards Union Square earlier and saw any number of people walking around, places to go, things to do: tourists lined up for the cable car at Powell & Market, people shopping, banking, going to their offices, etc. It’s a busy place full of people who look like they have a Purpose.

Between all of those people are the ones holding cardboard signs that say things like “Spare change, God bless” and “Any help appreciated”. They run up from there to things like “Buying drugs and booze - at least I’m honest” and “My wife has been kidnapped and I need ransom money”. I hate walking past them sometimes because I could give them cash, but I don’t. Maybe it’s stupid, but I hate not knowing where that money’s going. I’ve given to specific charities before - food banks and the like - but not around here. I should do that sometime soon; it’ll probably make me feel better.

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks, but things have settled down a bit and at least with WWDC over, I’ll have some time to catch up on all the things I’ve been neglecting at work and at home. The pile of bugs I’ve got fixes for but need to commit, as well as the pile of laundry I need to work through. Again.

I really do need to work on getting better about the whole laundry thing.