Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I am excited about the three-day course that I and two colleagues of mine are going to deliver at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, next week. The course will be dedicated to crash dump analysis of amd64 OpenSolaris kernels. If you speak Czech, you can check out the invitation here.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I am currently to be found in Sunnyvale, California, USA. The weather and people here are warm and I am generally enjoying my stay. What I especially appreciate, and I am becoming a little sarcastic now, is that in 2/4 attempts to buy beer I was asked to show ID. Being European, I obviously don't have the Californian ID, so I would always show my Czech/European passport instead. The first guy who had not believed me being 27 was satisfied when he saw my passport and kindly explained why was it necessary that me and other two of my colleagues, aged around 30, had to show ID as well. Today, while I was shopping in a supermarket, I bought myself two bottles of European beer - (Guinness and Heineken; had they had Czech beer, I would have gone with that instead). The cashier was very very reluctant to accept my passport as a proof of my entitlement to buy alcohol in US so I was beginning to despair - I've been a little thirsty in the last couple of evenings. Fortunately, the validity of my passport was eventually ACK'ed by the cashier's boss and my alcohol purchase could proceed.
The good news is that I must look much younger than I actually am. Even though I am married and I already have traces of silver in my hair, people still think I am no older than 20. Maybe the years of sitting behind a computer have preserved me for future generations of US cashiers :-)