the debary institute

Its been a great J-Term. A trip to Vail for some Skiing, and a trip to Florida to solve the worlds problems with great friends at the DeBary Institute. For those who do not know, the DeBary institute is a newly renowned think tank with roots in the Bone Lake …

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vail 2013

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I just got back from four awesome days of skiing in Vail and Beaver Creek.

Vail 2013

The Colorado resorts have a really cool new way of handling the ski passes, instead of clipping a tag on your jacket you now get a credit card with an RFID chip in it. Talk …

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euchre etiquette

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How do you know you have an enduring friendship? When after more than 27 years as friends, and seven days of traveling together you can play Euchre -- couple against couple -- and still be friends at the end of the train ride from Seward to Anchorage. Now you might think that …

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icy strait / hoonah

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I mentioned type 3 fun in a previous posting, and although there was plenty of type 1 fun to be had in Icy Strait I'd like to begin this post with a little description of some type 3 fun. As a reminder, the definition of type 3 fun is something …

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type 2 fun

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Our guide for the Mendenhall glacier trek told us that there are 3 kinds of fun. Type 1 fun, is just "fun fun." Its good while its happening and afterward you remember it as fun. Type 2 fun is the kind of thing where you do something and even though …

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ketchikan

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Its a lazy, rainy afternoon here in Ketchikan Alaska. We are back from fishing and have warmed up with some lunch and a nice soak in the hot tub. The ship should be pulling out of port any minute now and we'll be on our way to Icy Strait.

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secrets onboard the millenium

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Good morning from stateroom 7199. I'm looking out the back of the ship at a lot of very low hanging clouds. We are in a "family view" stateroom, which means that we have one of the largest decks of anybody onboard. It is perfect for this Alaskan cruise as we …

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exhaustion

Its official folks, I'm ready to head home.  The ITiCSE conference is over.  The paper has been presented, I've been to a dozen or more sessions.  I'm tired.  I'd like to get something to eat, but all the restaurants in the area are not even open for dinner yet, and …

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high security

Well, I'm through security.  Sitting in  Segafredo Zanetti, enjoying a very nice Israeli Chardonnay.  Everyone told me to get to Ben Gurion at least 3 hours before my flight so that I could get through the security process.  Now I understand why.  These people are serious about their security.

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