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Server Problems

Thursday, November 20th, 2008 by rdm

Not much time to post to this blog.  There are server problems back in the US and that is taking up most of my time when I am not doing things at FORTROP.  I’m not sure what needs to happen – maybe it will require a complete rebuild.  Whatever is gonna happen seems like it will be difficult.

On thing outside of work is that Juha and I got to see something other than the hotel and Kasetsart University.  Yesterday afternoon we took a quick trip to the national museum and over to Khao San Road and I finally got some good Thai food!

More postings as soon as I’m able.

Outside the Hotel Waiting on the Bus to Kasetsart University

Outside the Hotel Waiting on the Bus to Kasetsart University

Exhaustion

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 by rdm
Demonstration of harvesting sap from the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis)

Demonstration of harvesting sap from the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis)

Today was a good day.  I was able to talk with some people about GFIS and along way I met many interesting people including a Nobel prize winner.  Actually, it was a scientist from the Philippines who was part of the group of people that shared the Nobel prize with Al Gore in 2007.   Always fascinating who you might meet at these conferences.

Now it is 5pm on Tuesday and the travel, workshop, and exhibit staffing has caught up with me and I am exhausted.  Completely exhausted.  This afternoon Juha and I left the conference a little before it officially ended for the day so that we could beat the traffic back to the hotel and get some rest.  There is a dinner at the University this evening and it is within walking distance of the Maruay, however I think I will just stay at the hotel and try to get some sleep.  I know full well what is is like to over-extend myself on these trips and I am backing off from trying to do everything in order to keep myself healthy.

There are several things to blog about for the day but any more writing will have to wait until after I have “spent some quality time with my pillow.”

Exhibit Hall Blogging

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 by rdm
rdm and Juha

rdm and Juha

FORTROP II officially opened this morning with great ceremony.  At least I assume that it was a great ceremony, Juha and I were staffing the IUFRO/GFIS booth during the opening address.  That’s fine with us, we had to figure out how to put together the high-tech displays and that took some time.  ;-)

During the breaks we had lots of visitors to our table but no one has come back to us from the workshop.  I still wonder if we made a difference yesterday….

This morning I spent a fair amount of time with folks from the DPRK.  They were facinated with Google Earth and I helped them download a copy to their comptuer so that they can take it back to North Korea with them.  All the DPRK folks have buttons of Kim Jong-il that they wear on their suits.  I tried to trade them an Obama button for one of the Dear Leader but so far they have not agreed.  This afternoon I plan to have some mekju with them and perhaps I will have better luck.

IUFRO Exhibit at FORTROP II and the End of the Day

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 by rdm
Computer Workshop

Computer Workshop

Following the workshop Ho Sang, Juha, and I walked over to the building that will host FORTROP II.  After a long day there is nothing quite like walking in the Bangkok heat in a suit and tie and not quite knowing where you are going!  ;-)

After a few false starts we finally found the location for FORTROP and checked in for the meeting.  Wow. We have the BEST spot for and exhibit.  Everyone who walks trough the doors of this building will have to pass Juha and I (two really big guys) before entering the symposium.  We will NOT go unnoticed!

Registering for Internet access was a pain.  Access to the Intenet is very well controlled.  Only registered people for the event can have names and passwords to access the wi-fi and they even keep track of MAC addresses and passport numbers of each account.

By the time we made it to the “ice breaker” we were exhausted.  We stayed for a couple of orange sodas and then left in search of a taxi. I know that we are far from the city center but at least in this area traffic is not early as bad as Hanoi.  There are fewer taxi’ available but there is much less congestion in this part of the city and you don’t feel like you are taking your life in your hands by crossing the street!

Bt the time we got back to the hotel Juha and I had enough energy to walk the neighborhood before going back to the hotel for dinner, a beer, and listening to Karaoke before calling it a night.

More updates from the exhibit hall!