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  • Well that doesn't look good.

  • ? Intro music?

  • Hello, Lucy Liu.

  • I am in North Carolina.

  • It is the start of what is going to be five long weeks of business travel and business meetings.

  • I'm trying to get better at business meetings.

  • Also while I'm here I'm setting for myself the goal of escaping from America not fatter than I arrived

  • because I've fallen of the health bandwagon a bit lately and I really don't want to make things worse

  • but that might be impossible given that in America the streets are paved with donuts.

  • But I'm gonna try and right now that's future Grey's problem.

  • Current Grey is on the porch with a dog visiting family so no more vloging. And let's skip to

  • Denver, Colorado. Just stopping off to get some coffee and use the restroom and tornado shelter

  • and eat bad food strangely.

  • More details later, on to San Jose, California just south of San Francisco.

  • Work travel is never fun but it's extra not fun when you arrive at the hotel to find out that

  • they don't have your room that you booked months ago.

  • The reservation they have. But not the room.

  • suspiciously, it seems many people who booked the hotel rooms at a super cheap price before the hotels realised that WWDC

  • had changed location to a new city.

  • Those people don't have rooms

  • The rooms had been re-rented at a higher price

  • So what happened to the people who do have a reservation?

  • Why conveniently they put you in a hotel on the other side of the city!

  • A hotel with the douchiest privacy please sign I have ever seen.

  • But I didn't fly across an ocean and a continent to be 45 minutes away from

  • all of the reasons that I'm here.

  • So I was rather ... 'firm' ... with the hotel

  • and suddenly like magic they did have a free upgrade to a better room.

  • But not for tonight.

  • So I still have to be at this place and I can't set up any of my work

  • and it won't be 'till I drive back tomorrow morning

  • that I can actually get started on the reasons that I'm here

  • In fairness the apology suite is quite nice and it comes with an apology letter and apology chocolates

  • that I can't eat because I must escape from America not fatter

  • Travel protip: you could have stuff delivered to the hotel so you don't have to pack it.

  • ::box opening sounds::

  • ::more box opening sounds::

  • This is only half the boxes I have to unpack and I didn't unpack all of the boxes in the boxes but,

  • as I switched hotels this morning I'm running out of time before WWDC begins so I need to get outta here.

  • WWDC is a conference where Apple brings developers from the wide world to announce new features

  • of their software so programmers can implement them

  • Announcer: Welcome to WWDC

  • Grey: A ticket inside is a front row to the future

  • I don't have a ticket, I've got a hotel room,

  • and a wishlist, which is far more funny for crowd reactions anyway.

  • Many: Ohhh! Woooww! Oh!

  • Shots fired! God!

  • ::chuckling::

  • And fooling around on Twitter during the boring parts.

  • TV: HomePod Many: ::surprised laughs::

  • What? Hah. Wow.

  • Keynote's over, now it's time to set up my mobile office,

  • ? Musical notes ?

  • Watch some technical talks,

  • Speaker: ... customizing your cheeseburger is way easier when someone

  • steps you through the process, one decision at a time.

  • Grey: Attend tech podcasts to discuss the tech,

  • sometimes with singalongs.

  • ? Podcast singalong ?

  • Which brings us too...

  • Why am I here?

  • At the end of WWDC, it's to record a podcast *about* WWDC.

  • The podcast is called "Cortex", on a network called "Relay",

  • and that's another reason that I'm here, 'cuz there's a big Relay listener meetup that I'm going too.

  • Past Grey didn't film anything at the event,

  • but, to be fair to him, he was running on low power mode at that point.

  • I really find jet lag so frustrating,

  • on this trip I'm *trying* to acclimatize to west coast time.

  • I was out last night at the Relay podcast meetup

  • I was just talking to people and then, POW

  • I was hit with that "I am going to fall asleep immediately' feeling.

  • So I come back to the hotel, to get a good night's sleep

  • but no, of course here I am, it's 4 in the morning

  • and I know I'm just gonna be awake for a while

  • like a zombie. ::sigh::

  • Thanks jet lag.

  • I was on my way to go find some coffee,

  • I think this is uhh,

  • this is what I need to do today.

  • This is Goal #1

  • But later, coffee first.

  • All right, time to do this.

  • I tried to do some fancy camera work, but then this happened,

  • so, forget that, no more recording in gyms while I'm doing weight stuff,

  • it feels super weird to vlog then anyway

  • America is a place where you can really double down on your eating mistakes.

  • I really want to avoid that, so my plan while I'm here

  • is just to cut out as many carbohydrates as I can from my diet.

  • This means no pancakes, no bread,

  • no pastas, no pizza, no crackers,

  • normally the kind of stuff I would eat an

  • enormous amount of when I'm under a lot of pressure

  • and doing a lot of work.

  • And since I'm also travelling at the same time it's kind of doubly hard,

  • but it is possible to do if you can eat the eggs, but not the muffin.

  • So I'm going to the supermarket to load up on all the

  • kinds of things that I'm going to be eating lots of.

  • Meat and cheese and eggs and emergency almonds and emergency jerky

  • It's not fun, and it's not what I want to do,

  • but this is the most simple and effective thing that I have found in the past for

  • dropping or maintaining weight and,

  • if there's one thing I could use this summer, it's a bit of simple.

  • Thank you Check Out Robot, you don't ask any questions, and I really appreciate you for that.

  • Check Out Robot: $5.99

  • Grey: Conferencing is mentally taxing but I find it

  • helps to map the outlines of the day and try to specify what

  • objectives for time well spent are, what I need to do,

  • who I need to see, what sessions I should go to,

  • and as a personal development point, I'm trying to get better at

  • meeting with interesting people while I'm business travelling and,

  • these conferences can be a crazy overlapping puzzle of everyone's schedules.

  • Right now I am on my way to a meeting with someone,

  • the only time we could find for both of us that overlapped

  • is while he's packing his bags to go. *Laughs*

  • So that's where I'm headed.

  • Alright, packing meeting over,

  • on to more stuff.

  • The no carbohydrates health plan is going pretty well so far

  • but now during business meetings I'm the weirdo who's not eating the burger bun and has to explain why.

  • Do I recognize the model of truck?

  • I do not. ::Car mates laugh::

  • I've been lucky enough to be invited to see some interesting headquarters in the past

  • including Dropbox, and Facebook.

  • This time it's Google, with their

  • "Why is there a dinosaur over there?"

  • and

  • "This is a sad dystopian graveyard of androids past."

  • and office interior they really you rather didn't film.

  • Then on to the computer history museum with

  • "So many buttons."

  • "I want to press them all"

  • and remembered fun things long forgotten,

  • and traumatic things long forgotten,

  • ? Hamster Dance Music ?

  • and got totally distracted by seeing my first Tesla charger in real life.

  • Oh god,

  • Tesla's, Tesla's as far as the eye can see.

  • Oh this is the X!

  • I am pretty tired and I really don't wanna,

  • it's been a long day,

  • but I'm going into the gym.

  • Man, everywhere you go in America,

  • Screens, screens, screens.

  • But you know what?

  • Thank you, but no thank you.

  • Alright, I'm doing this.

  • Pretty pleased about that.

  • I had just,

  • I really didn't wanna do it,

  • but I'd only just barely started a streak of exercising

  • so I wasn't gonna quit on the third day.

  • ::Shower noises::

  • But yeah,

  • not a thing that I wanted to do.

  • but I'm very glad It's done,

  • and now

  • it's shower time.

  • ? Lovely Cello Music ?

  • I've yet to be at a conference that doesn't feel like it's just

  • one day too long,

  • and this is the last day.

  • The big responsibility today is to record Cortex,

  • but before that happens I want to try to fit in just a little bit of exercise.

  • I'm gonna get my bicycling in while I prepare for Cortex.

  • So I've got the bike, it looks like, on the map there's a park along the Guadalupe river,

  • so I'm taking the bike there,

  • I'm gonna go for a little bit of a ride.

  • Now I've gotten into the habit,