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Wednesday, July 04, 2007
 Text Layout Summit, First Day

I left my apartment Tuesday 3pm and arrived in London 7:30am. First look at London, fabulous. Everything's kinda different, yet not much different. From the British accent, to the driving on the left, to the license plates, to measurements in yards... It is a nice weather here, sunny, warm, still lots of gray clouds. Kinda like Whistler's dark gray London has got to be...

Entering UK was very smooth except for the hour-long line at passport control. Am on the bus to Stansted airport to catch my RyanAir flight to Glasgow. It's 10am now; Text Layout crew should be almost done with the keynote. Totally missing on all the presentations in the morning :(.

Umm, was hacking all the time in the flight. Hope that doesn't ruin the rest of my day. It's just 5am EST.

Time passes...

Arrived in aKademy / Text Layout summit at 3pm local time. Scotland is a funny place with it's own details too. Really like to post photos I took on the way but it's too hard right now. It's about 24 hours with no sleep. Am doing Ok though, we'll see. Everyone's here and they were so nice they put all the interesting talks for the afternoon so I'll be here. Thanks you!

Quite interesting to meet Eric Mader and Kenichi Handa, attaching faces to names and all that. Also Simon Hausmann (Qt) is here too, so we probably sit down and write a Pango module to use the Qt's HarfBuzz shaper stuff tomorrow instead of going to the BBQ picnic that is in the schedule! I'll write about HarfBuzz in detail later.

On another note, Richard Stallman and Bjarne Stroustrup will be talking in Toronto while I'm away :(.

Got to go talk. Later.

More time passes...

6:30pm now, calling it a night, heading for dinner. Looking forward to lots of hacking tomorrow...

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