LavaOne 2019

In mid January I went down to LavaOne in Hawaii. LavaOne is a Java technology unconference — which means everyone who attends also participates.

Unconferences are vastly different from the regular tech conference because there is no formal, centrally planned schedule of talks for a passive group of attendees to quietly consume. Instead, at an unconference, the attendees actively build the schedule in real time, and most importantly, the attendees present as well. So, if you have some expertise in an area you can pretty easily lead a discussion at an unconference. At regular tech conferences, you can’t.

This year’s LavaOne was the second year of the conference, and based on what I experienced I think the event will continue on well into the future. The technical conversations were excellent, the participants were all focused on freely contributing, and everyone got along very well in all the social activities.

LavaOne 2019

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine

A Journey to Find Myself 自分さがしの旅

Emiri has been performing on stage — singing, dancing, acting, playing piano — since she was three. But this her first YouTube video! She wrote this song and performed it at the Yamaha studio in Osaka recently. The title says A Journey to Find Myself 自分さがしの旅” (Variations 変奏曲). I think there will be many more videos to come.

emiri-yamaha-youtube

Oracle-McAfee Hackfest Bangalore

In December we went back to Bangalore for another coding hackfest. This time with McAfee. We had about 35 developers from Oracle and McAfee in Bangalore, and there were about 20 or so working in Santa Clara during the same week. Great fun. Amazing how much work software engineers can get done in just a three days with some focused attention — without meetings, managers, and whatever else gets in the way of coding. #codeinnovate

Oracle Code Innovate: McAfee

Shopping

It’s all about shopping. Cash out, stuff in, back to work.

Shopping

Osaka Marathon 2018

Went down to the city today to take some images at the Osaka Marathon. I was too late to get the elite runners, but that’s fine since I’d rather look at all the interesting costumes people come up with. 35 images on Flickr here.

Osaka Marathon 2018