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Turkey

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Turkey today blocked access to Gezi Park. I’ve just returned from a trip to Turkey and Cyprus where I stayed near the park for a week, and had the opportunity to see the vibrant discussion and civic engagement occurring in the run-up to the election next week. It was an amazing adventure – each place I visit helps open my eyes to what a diverse world we live in.

Southeast Asia

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I’ve spent the last couple of weeks visiting Southeast Asia. It was my first trip south of the equator, and my first visit to several new countries. I was particularly impressed by Indonesia, which is an incredible place.

Server

server

Finally got a new server up and running. It’s interesting to go through the setup process every once in a while to see what parts of it are still hardware. I also got to explore some new corners of the process, like dealing with the remote admin interface, and structuring DNS and NICs across multiple public interfaces.

Whistler

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I got up to Whistler for the first (and likely last) skiing of the season this weekend. It’s been a low snow year – enough that the local areas have already started closing, and whistler had given up on their first lift worth of runs and had manmade snow from mid-mountain down.

The skiing was still lots of fun, and it was nice to take a couple days to step back from life at UW to do something for myself.

Zurich

I had a great start of the year visiting Switzerland. I got to meet a bunch of people at ETH, and hear about some of the cool projects that they’re working on – like Barrelfish, a new operating system that can better scale to machines with many CPUs.

Switzerland as a country is very nice as well! Good chocolate, impressive scenery, and very efficient transportation.

Ithaca

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Spent the weekend in Ithaca visiting college friends. Somewhat colder than the city, but not miserably so. A very pleasant break from the routine, although work has certainly come crashing back this week. Come see me at TA3M this evening!