On my second full day in Hokkaido (Sunday), it started snowing very lightly as I set out in the morning. The flakes melted as soon as they hit anything solid, but it was interesting to note. I spent the morning walking through the local parks and making a leisurely way to the Bankei Ridge Winery, which is the oldest (established 2001) and also the smallest winery on Hokkaido. It's not exactly a major wine-producing region; grape wine isn't all that popular in Japan to begin with, and the climate (similar to coastal British Columbia) is such that growing grapes isn't easy.
Saturday was my first full day in Sapporo. I started with the hotel breakfast, which was pretty good. They had a good selection of Japanese-style breakfast items and even some limited Western-style breakfast food. Someone who refused to eat Japanese-style breakfast would at least not go hungry, although such a person would probably have plenty of trouble with the language, and the little Japanese-only card you're supposed to place on your table to show whether you're just temporarily away at the buffet, or have finished and left.
At last update I was preparing for the start of SISAP 2016, likely my last conference as a working academic. I gave my talk there and did other conference things, had one day of free time in Tokyo, and then spent a day travelling to Sapporo. Now it's early morning and I'm gearing up for the main "vacation" part of my trip. Remember that you can usually find photos and more up-to-date commentary in my Twitter stream.
I'm in Japan to present a talk at SISAP 2016 and do some vacationing. That limits my Net access and time for writing updates here, but it also means I have plenty of stories to tell, so I'm going to try to post more or less regularly (maybe not every day) during my trip. Brief updates and photos, usually more current than the entries posted here, will be on my Twitter stream, which see.
This is a brief update on what I've been doing since my last posting a month ago, and where I'm going next. I am writing this from Skanör, Sweden, where I've been staying with my friend Steven Baker and his family since leaving my Copenhagen apartment on September 29. I'll be here until October 9, when I fly back to Toronto.
Vincent: So if you're quitting the life, what'll you do?
Jules: That's what I've been sitting here contemplating. First, I'm gonna deliver this case to Marsellus. Then, basically, I'm gonna walk the earth.
- Pulp Fiction
My contract with the IT University of Copenhagen ends at the end of August, and I'll be returning to Canada around the end of September.
In which a Parable is Related and Betting Strategies are Considered
Aardvark: Friend Bandicoot, I heard an interesting story recently. Perhaps you might find it edifying.
Bandicoot: Oh, goody! I do like stories, Friend Aardvark.
In which there is an Inquiry into What Counts, and into the Aardvark's Commitment to the Cause
Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I've got the module passing the test suite now!
A: And it's really the module passing the test suite, not one of your school chums hiding inside the computer?
B: Uh-huh. Well, almost.
Some Clinical Consequences of Introjection
Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I've given a lot of thought to our conversation the other day about the ontology of software engineering.
Aardvark: I had hoped you would.
B: It took me a while to see it, but I think your point about no one single test case being necessary is in fact correct.