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  • March 8, 2007

Goan Souvenir for NetBeans Evangelist Gregg Sporar

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
NetBeans evangelist Gregg Sporar has a great presentation where he talks about problems that can occur in applications, and the need for various types of profilers to deal with these problems. I'm sorry I can't be more specific about his presentation, because every time I've seen it (once at JavaOne, once in Oslo at JavaZone, and at least one other time), I had my presentation right after his, so I had to leave 10 minutes into his presentation, so that I could begin edging my way to the front of some other room in order to start setting up my presentation...

Anyway, the second slide of Gregg's presentation shows a black and white photo of an anguished bearded guy screaming at the ceiling in desperation. So, Gregg shows this anguished bearded guy and then says: "When your application messes up, this is what you're likely to see..." And then he spends an hour talking about how to solve the anguished bearded guy's problems.

Now, back to me in Goa. Right next door to my hotel is a Tibetan street market, where they sell various nick nacks and odds and ends from Tibet. These Tibetan markets are literally all over the place here in Calangute, Goa. There's lots of interesting artifacts, almost like a museum. But when I saw this mask, I immediately thought of Gregg, or at least, I thought of his presentation:

So, Gregg, how about replacing your anguished bearded guy with this picture of a Tibetan mask, next time round? Maybe I'll even stay to the end of your presentation... :-)

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Gregg Sporar Thursday, March 8, 2007
    I am all over it! I will modify the slides to include the Tibetan mask. :-)

    FYI, my next presentation on that topic is on March 22 at TheServerSide Java Symposium. Geertjan it would be great to see you in Las Vegas.
  • Geertjan Thursday, March 8, 2007
    That's excellent news! I'll send you a larger version of the pic beginning of next week. (Aside from its size, the larger version was just a tad too much negative energy for this blog...)

    And good luck in Vegas (say "Hi" to Kirk and Geert!), wish I could see myself there too (but might be a tad too surreal after decades of seeing it in movies only).

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