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geeking à la Côte d'Azur

Some friends of mine are back in France now, enjoying life along the Mediterranean. Their son returned to France as well to take a job in the Sophia Antipolis tech center, not too far away. I didn't remember that I'd heard of Sophia Antipolis until a couple of days ago when I recalled that I knew of people who'd done research at INRIA. One of them, Philip Prindeville, who authored a BOOTP (precursor to DHCP) RFC (JKR, editor, is credited on the RFC), advocated for holding IETF meetings at INRIA back in the late 1980s.

On my first multi-day trip to France, which I will go into at length on its 20th anniversary next summer, I wanted to visit the Côte d'Azur, starting with Marseille. However, I was advised not to go to Marseille, since I knew hardly any French, and the city has a reputation for crime. As I only had a few days to spend in France, I opted to go to Paris instead, although I did take trains along the Mediterranean coast from Barcelona to Avignon on the way to Paris. I would like to visit SA on my next trip to France.

Incidentally, I'm checking out Second Life, with the idea that I can possibly use it to work on my French. I could create an avatar for myself that lives, works, and possibly studies in Sophia Antipolis. If I decide to do this it will be a really huge time commitment, and I'm not sure I want to go to the trouble of building out my virtual world, etc. But the idea seems intriguing. One of the boys in the family I stayed with in Albi built out a virtual world for me one afternoon (based on some questions he asked me about my current dwelling) while I was there last summer. His father asked me if I'd ever used Second Life, but I had not (although I'd heard of it). At the time I didn't think of SA, INRIA, etc.


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Jul. 14th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
I'm on SL as "gconnor Muircastle" I'm on pretty rarely, but if you search for me and friend me we'll each be able to see when the other is on line.

Talk to you soon
Jul. 14th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
I tried out Second Life a year or two ago (as Melike Despres... like Josquin Desprez!), but realized that it would be a huge time commitment.... so I didn't want to commit. And I walked around with demo hair because I didn't have enough money to buy real hair.
Jul. 16th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me of des Prez. I think I performed Jubilate Deo while I was a grad student at UCLA.
Jul. 14th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
My employer has a development center in Sophia Antipolis. I had an opportunity to visit, but declined (I hate business travel).

I've heard it's very pretty, though.
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