Sometimes the simple things amaze me (or amuse me) most. Here are a few I've come across on this trip:

  • My Yahoo employee badge works in Taiwan. Yes, I can go half way around the world and my badge still unlocks the door so that I can work. Nice!
  • I was having breakfast this morning at the hotel and ended up sitting next to a guy who grew up in Toledo, Ohio (so did I). He's been working at his current job for 8 years and lives less than 10 minutes from my parents. Apparently the farther I go from home, the greater the odds of running into someone "from home" seem to be.
  • Bubble Tea. The guys in Taiwan got me some Bubble Tea at lunch today. Yum.
  • MySQL 5.0 has a "blackhole" storage engine. It's basically an idea I suggested to them 2-3 years ago. I'm glad to see they've implemented it even though I no longer need it.
  • The hotel left me another apple yesterday. It was yum. I love free apples when they're still crispy.

Now back to your regularly scheduled... Well, whatever you come here for.

Posted by jzawodn at November 10, 2005 10:51 PM

Reader Comments
# Jon said:

Outta curiosity, why would you want a blackhole storage engine?

on November 11, 2005 04:10 AM
# Jeffrey Friedl said:

I've found that the customer-service email address for (insert any company or government entity here) works sufficiently well in this capacity that I've never needed a dedicated blackhole storage engine.

on November 11, 2005 04:20 AM
# Robert Oschler said:

>> I love free apples when they're still crispy.

So does Microsoft. Except they only eat 1/5 the apple and then throw it away. Muhahahaha! :)

on November 11, 2005 05:31 AM
# Sheeri said:

Jon, check out the "New data transfers paradigms: BLACKHOLE tables" at:

Basically, to get things into the logs but not into the database, or to run a trigger.

on November 11, 2005 06:02 AM
# jon said:

That's pretty neat, Sheeri. Thanks for pointing that out.

Clearly, I'm going to have to dig into all the new stored procedure-type stuff.

on November 11, 2005 11:20 AM
# golliher said:

There's a great bubble tea place in Mountain View called Tapica Express, off Castro and Villa, near the caltrain station. Very much the yum.

on November 11, 2005 04:58 PM
# Jasmeet said:

Try and score yourself some Wax Apple (Jambu).

They are pretty delish too, and I think common in that part of the world if I'm not mistaken.

Curiously, how exactly is it possible for your keycard to work all the way in Taiwan? Does Yahoo! actually sync keycard info all around the world?

on November 11, 2005 10:40 PM
# JoeDuck said:

Jeremy - you are speaking at WMW in Las Vegas in a few days...
Taiwan today, Vegas tomorrow. What a guy!

on November 12, 2005 12:10 PM
# Beth, strikes yet again! said:

I am not brilliant because of the things I know, I am brilliant because of the things you don't know.

on November 12, 2005 08:18 PM
# women said:

what do you think about acquiring InnoDB by Oracle in context of MySQL?

on November 13, 2005 07:05 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Did't I cover that a few weeks ago?

on November 13, 2005 10:41 AM
# Alex said:

I am not brilliant because of the things I know, I am brilliant because of the things you don't know.


on November 17, 2005 06:36 AM
# Kurt said:

Clearly, I'm going to have to dig into all the new stored procedure-type stuff.

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