Wednesday we had a nice relaxing day in Oslo. After breakfast, we went on a 2-hour boat tour of the local fjord. The boat lulled me to sleep for most of the trip, but my mom kept elbowing me to keep me awake so I did see manage to see some things. Many islands were so small they could only fit a single house. They all looked like very enjoyable locations to spend the summer months.
After the boat trip, we browsed through an outdoor exhibit by Steve Bloom. The exhibit had some amazing photographs of wildlife - I may have to buy some to fill up my empty walls. After that, we had a bottle of wine on the docks and then headed back to check in to our hotel.
At the hotel, I had my most expensive cocktail ever - paying $26 for a Whiskey and Coke. We had a very nice dinner on Wednesday night and retired fairly early. It's nice traveling with my parents because you get a good night's sleep every night.
On Thursday, I had my talk at 11:45. I was speaking in "Gate 1", which has a stage in the middle of the room - which audiences on both sides. It was a bit difficult to talk to one audience without turning your back on the other one, but I think I did OK. I told folks I would post a link to my slides after my talk. Rather than continually linking to the individual PDF, I've created a Presentations page that will list my presentations from various conferences and such. The direct link to my JavaZone talk is here. One of the highlights of the show (for me) was meeting Aslak Hellesøy. I've always admired Aslak for all his contributions to open source.
WARNING: Please remember these slides that are merely a backdrop for my presentation. During the talk, I do say that some things are innacurate or have been fixed with recent (or future) releases. The slides don't really mean anything without the accompanying talk.
This morning, we hopped out of bed, had some breakfast and headed for the airport. After making it all the way to the gate, our flight was cancelled at the last minute. The reason is mechanical and apparently parts need to be flown in from London. Currently, it's 2:30pm and they have no idea if it will be a 4-hour or 48-hour delay. They bussed us over to the nearby Clarion Hotel, fed us lunch and gave us rooms. There's no seats available on other flights, so everyone on our flight is pretty much stuck. Hopefully we'll get out of here sometime tomorrow.
Update: Looks like we'll be on a flight tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM. They've given me no indication that I'm confirmed through Denver, so tomorrow night could be spent in Newark.