An Interesting Trip (Video Blog)

Wednesday and Thursday I made a quick cross-country trip.  I flew from my home in San Jose to Dulles (near D.C.) so I could attend a meeting at Sun's office in Ashburn, Virginia.  Sun's Ashburn office is an unassuming building in a smallish office park -- not at all like Sun's sprawling campuses in Menlo Park, Santa Clara or Broomfield.  There's good reason for this.  It came along with the acquisition of a small company Sun made a couple years back.  The company, called SevenSpace, brought the technology for Sun's Managed Operations service.  The ultimate in connected service, it allows Sun to completely run a customer's data center remotely.

My meeting on Thursday was very successful, but only lasted half the day.  I decided I'd drive back to the airport early and just camp out in United's club lounge -- they have good Wi-Fi and comfy chairs.  Just before I turned into the airport exit off the expressway I saw a sign that said the Udvar-Hazy Museum was just a couple miles further up the road.  I'd read about it when it opened, but never had the chance to check it out.  I made a split-second decision and merged back onto the freeway (using an almost legal maneuver).  I'm sure glad I did.

It took only a few minutes to get to the museum, which is an extension to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (one of my favorite places).  The museum has a striking modern architecture, and is cavernous on the inside.  It needs to be big to hold all the cool airplanes and spaceships!

My wife bought me my Cannon Elph for Christmas so I'd have a small camera I could carry on trips when I stumbled across interesting things.  I was sure glad I had it.  I even threw it into Movie mode and took some short movies.  Over the holiday break I'd threatened (half jokingly) that I should start video blogging.  Well, why not give it a try?

I spent about an hour at the museum and then headed to the airport.  At the airport I popped the SD card from  my camera into my laptop and downloaded the movie clips.  Then I grabbed some "open source" classical music off a site I found on Google (that good wi-fi comes in handy).  On the plane I finished assembling a short collection of neat things from the museum and put the sound track with it.  Here's what I manged to pull together.  I hope you enjoy it.

Comments:

Great movie. It would be nice to have you identify some of the exotic vehicles that you saw.

Posted by Dave Wilson on January 05, 2007 at 03:15 AM PST #

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