Thursday, September 21, 2006

A visit to the pediatrician...

The other day we took the little fellow to get some vaccination shots. Nothing to write home about. He cried his eyes off.

"It was a really stressful visit" we said on our way home, "We even need some home food from Hoover's" ... in Austin.

So the conversation evolved into the spots we missed the most:

A dawn/dusk swim in Barton Springs, any time of the year. The pool's orientation east-to-west is ideal because the sun rises or sets on either end of the pool. I preferred the early morning ones because the crowd was quieter and everybody knew each other (mostly tri-athletes, swimmers, etc)

Sushi at Musashino! Ahh!!!! To be in the middle of Texas this was serious sushi. Unagi was better than any of the SF ones I tried. Uni/monk fish liver was hit or miss. Sometimes the tuna was so buttery that there was no need to chew :-}

The water hole on loop-360 across Ruby's. The City closed that access so we needed to take the "Hill of Life" route. But to be so close to Downtown, it was a privilege to hike down during the week and find just deers and barely somebody else around.

The Alamo Drafthouse: movie classics, weird movies, Chicken Run, pretty much anything, with beer and burgers delivered to your seat!! or "I love Video" on Airport Blvd. A real comprehensive selection of videos.

There will be more on Austin but I need to work on a Linux/Mono widget...

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Stating the state of statelessness:

After further checking the Indigo book, the point I was confused about is clarified but the core problem remains: if the service type has a state, there will be a need for static methods to keep some kind of meaning (the lottery ticket example).

But if the object is stateless, the problem is not creating many instances of the same service type, but increase the throughput of the invocation of the exposed methods.

This may require several instances of the service type or just one. It will all depend on the behavior of the CLR and Reflection's api.

More on this and Austin later...

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Who needs the NBA? + Amber Channels Interface..

Believe it or not, this was the attitude of several sport analysts after USA lost to Greece in the Basketball World Championships.

Yes, the USA does not seem to get its act together when it comes to put together a national team that is competitive but...

The tournament's MVP plays in the NBA, the current Olympic Gold medalists and last world champs have teams built around NBA players. None of them play for the USA team. The funny thing is that the NBA teams are making a killing by selling team related merchandising all over the world.

Anyways, Spain beat Greece thoroughly :-}

Amber: a series of new attributes and a channel interface are coming. The idea is to use the new attributes to tell the host/hosted service which channels are going to be required and need to be built.

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