Sunday, July 6, 2003

OSCON Day Zero

so i spent the morning exploring portland a bit, and i came to two conclusions.

  • there are more starbucks here than any city really has a right (or need for that matter) to have.

  • i could never live in portland because i would be unable to resist the urge to spend all of my money at powell's. i mean you have to love a bookstore that fills an entire city block, and the fact that they have a whole separate store just devoted to technical books is just the icing on the cake.
then this afternoon i hung out at the perl bugathon and managed to find a few old bugs that had been fixed and a few random things that managed to get into the bug db that weren't even bugs at all. i must say, the perl crowd is a lot of fun, and i'm glad i had the chance to hang out for a while and help out a bit.


  1. Yea, I completely agree that we have far too damn many starbucks here.

    Also, you might want to check out Powells Technical Books which has so many tech books they had to build another building. It's just two or three blocks riverside of Powells. Come find me if you want and i'll take you. I need to pick up a copy of the Alpaca Book.

  2. More prolific than Dunkin' Donuts in Boston or New England? I can't even imagine such a thing!!

  3. Yeah, Powell's is amazing. They have a fantastic website, too, and I tend to get stuff there as opposed to Amazon (well, at least book stuff). You can even reserve a copy via the website and then go there in person to pick it up. Fantastic integration.

    I can't wait to get back there sometime.