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January 24th, 2006
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Okay, the right answer to "What do I do Tuesday night in San Jose?" turned out to be Corteo. It was great. I had good seats in the VIP section, without paying VIP prices, and I made a new fan out of the consultant we're working with here. I loved the mininal nature of the Cyr wheel. I got to volley the tiny baloon-supported woman into the air as she drifted near my section. It was all stunning, in good ways.

I want my funeral to be like that.

Afterwards, however, things went downhill. Finding a taxi to get back to our respective hotels was more difficult than it should have been; the first one we'd called didn't show up at all, and the second one (which we called from a different company about when the first didn't show) was 10 minutes late arriving and only showed up after I noticed the light rail a block away and started plotting to take that (which would get us to his hotel but not me to mine). Upon arriving at my hotel, my cardkey didn't work. That was a bad sign. Due to some miscommunication, I'd originally been booked for one night, but extended it this morning; something about the cardkey system didn't reflect that [*]. Once I did get into the room, I discovered that the stuff I'd left behind - clothes, a book, toiletries - were missing. The front desk thinks that housekeeping wouldn't normally do that, even if they did think I was checking out, but they also didn't find them in the lost and found. They now have to wait for the day staff to arrive to ask them what happened. The only things I would really miss if this stuff disappears are the boots, but it's still quite annoying.

I could use a beer. Sadly, the hotel bar had last call while I was waiting for the desk to tell me if they knew where my stuff went.

Oh, yeah, and there were business meetings today. I guess they were okay.

[*] Are hotel room key systems online, with the doors wired in to a central system? Or are they merely timekeepers, and the cards contain the allowed dates for the room? Or something else? Knowledgeable people, inform me!

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From:alethia_juturna
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
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date stamped.. ;-)

at least in most i've been in..
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From:rifmeister
Date:January 25th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. I'm fairly certain that almost all hotels can deactivate a lost card from the front desk, without sending anyone to your room. This implies at least some sort of on-line, right?
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From:jered
Date:January 25th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
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They're generally a "rolling key" system, kinda-sorta like using SKey authentication. The next valid card code inactivates the previous.
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From:rifmeister
Date:January 25th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
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So just to make sure I understand, when I lose my key, and the desk gives me a replacement, the old key would still work until I use the new one? So I should go up to the room and use the new one immediately if I'm worried?
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From:warlord_mit
Date:January 25th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
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> So just to make sure I understand, when I lose my key, and the desk gives me a replacement,
> the old key would still work until I use the new one? So I should go up to the room and use
> the new one immediately if I'm worried?

Yes
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From:jered
Date:January 26th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
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That is my understanding, yes.
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From:jered
Date:January 25th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm in San Jose too! When are you here until? I'm at the Doubletree for SNIA Winter Symposium.
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From:nathanw
Date:January 25th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm leaving this morning (Wednesday). Spooky, though. Didn't this happen the last time I was here, too?
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From:jered
Date:January 26th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure it was last time, but this did happen sometime previously in the past year. I travel about once a month for business, due to my industry association responsibilities. It's getting worse -- now that I chair a TWG I have a lot more places to go.
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From:warlord_mit
Date:January 25th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
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I'm in Palo Alto this week if you want to get together. I know we missed each other in FL.
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From:jered
Date:January 26th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
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Cool; what brings you out here? I still have your number, but probably won't have a chance since I have meetings all day, and an 8pm flight home...
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From:plymouth
Date:January 25th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
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damnit. that's what I get for skimming. I totally could have done dinner last night.

Ok, fine, so the circus was probably more fun than dinner with me would be... :)
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From:warlord_mit
Date:January 25th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
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There's always dinner with other MIT people later this week?
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From:plymouth
Date:January 25th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
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Are you directing this to me or nathan? 'Cause I'm not sure I've actually met you IRL.
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From:warlord_mit
Date:January 25th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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I was directing it at you. I don't know if we've met IRL or not. We do have a number of friends in common, tho (including Nathan).
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From:plymouth
Date:January 25th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
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hmm. Sure, what the heck. I'm free for dinner tonight or tomorrow. You're in Palo Alto? For how long?
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From:warlord_mit
Date:January 25th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Yea, I'm in Palo Alto all week.. I'll also be back again next month (and the month after, and the month after that...) I've got a car so I'm mobile. I think I'm free tonight. I'm not sure if I'm free tomorrow. Any suggestions?
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From:warlord_mit
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
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I know a good sushi place up in redwood city, and I've been to a good place in San Jose (although I'm not sure I could easily get myself back to either of these). Middle Eastern or Cuban would be good. You could email me at my @mit.edu address (the obvious conversion based on my LJ username) or I'll try to give you a call a little later, closer to 5-6.

PS: Thanks, nathan, for hosting this conversation
PPS: I really wish LJ had an "email responder directly" option.
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From:jered
Date:January 26th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
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I just got back from "Sushi O Sushi" in San Jose. It was good.
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From:plymouth
Date:January 26th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Grr. I tried to delete this comment due to not wanting to leave my cell phone number lying around in a public post but it won't let me. It tells me "Error: URL doesn't match journal owner".
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From:nathanw
Date:January 26th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Funky. I deleted it. The kinks are clearly not out of the new login/domain arrangements yet.
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From:plymouth
Date:January 26th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Well at least according to lj_maintenance this is a known bug (though their proposed workaround doesn't). Thanks for taking care of it for me.
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