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Auspicious Start to the World Cup; Inauspicious Start to DAC!

Filed under: Uncategorized — June 12, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

I arrived at Oakland Airport to fly to the triply-named Orange County/Santa Ana/John Wayne airport to attend DAC starting tomorrow (programme committee meeting for CODES+ISSS 2010, plus some of the opening receptions tomorrow evening) only to find that my Southwest flight was delayed 2 hours (so was the follow on, but the previous one left on time, as Murphy would have predicted). However, that gave me time to watch the end of the England-US first round World Cup match, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Combined with the South Africa-Mexico 1-1 draw, in some ways it is an auspicious start to the World Cup, where my youngest daughter says that rather than choose a favourite team to root for, she “just hopes that everyone has a good time playing”. Our household is a complicated one since we all have triple Canadian-British-American citizenship, although if Canada had qualified I have no doubt who most of us would have been rooting for!

Despite the delay in getting there, it does give me time to try Oakland Airport’s free wifi service, which allowed me to post this for free. And to read a bit of Paul Mclellan’s EDA Graffiti book that I posted about. It’s good for grazing, consisting of many short segments amplified from his blog. I must say, to quote Justice Oliphant , it is full of “good old Northern Common Sense” (now there’s a reference for you to puzzle out!).

I’m looking forward to DAC for a catch up especially on advanced design methods being used by design teams, the latest in ESL, and I hope a chance to meet some old friends and colleagues for a good gossip.  With all the recent EDA industry announcements including Cadence buying Denali, and Synopsys buying Virage and picking up the Synfora technology, there is a lot to gossip about.

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