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Where did I leave off? Doesn't matter. My talk was on Tuesday. It went reasonably well. Nothing new. It was actually a combination of two talks I gave at other meetings. Because of this I went over time by a couple minutes, but I was by no means the worst offender. There were others in the session who had 35 slides for a 15 minute talk. Yes, this time includes Q&A.

This isn't one of my usual conferences, so I didn't really know many people there. I was fortunate enough to run into Erika Barth, who I'd gone to grad school with. We work in different fields, but it was nice to have someone to hang out with after the talks.

The rest of the meeting's a blur right now. Friday I mostly took off. I went to the Schonbrunn palace in the morning, but couldn't stay long. Due to bad planning and for a reason that deserves its own post, I had to pop by the conference midday. From my hotel I have to take three trains. Transitions are usually pretty seamless, but I managed to just miss each train on the way in. As in, I arrived at the platform and watched the train pull away. It's only a few minutes to wait for each, but they add up. In the afternoon I went back to the palace to tour the Hedge maze and gardens. I got some rather spectacular pictures to share eventually. Getting back there was a trick though. The U6 broke down at Westbahnhof so I had to take a detour into the City center to come back out again. They close the attractions at some point, so I was a bit rushed, but I hit all the main points. And I found all the signs in the maze alone and by myself. That's because I'm awesome.

So now I'm sitting in Chicago O'Hare airport. I have a 6 hour layover here (it's been 3), so I decided to pay the $6.95 for internet access. Not much else to do at the moment. Besides, what's this on top of the trip? I've been spending it like I have it. Well, the federal tax refund did just show up before I left, but we planned to put that into savings. It looks like that'll have to wait until the reimbursement comes through. I have not kept very good track of my meal expenses. I'll probably just claim the maximum per diem and let them complain about it if they want to.

Prices in Europe generally seem reasonable; it's just the dollar to euro conversion that sucks. The main difference is that drinks cost a lot. Soda and juice and water. Beer and wine are the same or a bit cheaper there. A lot of wine was consumed.

What else? Can't remember. I have to convince myself that it's really 5:00 because I'm in Chicago. Not midnight. I get home at midnight, not 9:00 tomorrow morning.
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Posting from the EGU meeting in Vienna.

My first trip to Europe, and I'm spending it mostly inside the VIC at the conference. But I can't take any more talks right now.

Lots to say, but will have to wait. This is the first time I've even had access long enough to make a post at all.
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Ugh. Off to the airport now. Off to Vienna assuming my flight doesn't get canceled at the last minute. I'll be there at 8 tomorrow morning local time if all goes well. No clue what contact I'll have while I'm there.
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Haven't posted in a while. I survived LPSC the week before last; actually both talks went quite well. After my talk Thursday, the Santa Cruz people took off for the rest of the afternoon and we went into Galveston. I'm not really sure why, Charlie wanted to. I have to say, if Galveston is what happens when Ron Paul's in charge of a district, I don't want him for president. Probably unfair to blame him for that; I think the town never really recovered from the 1900 hurricane. We attempted to play drunken poker later that evening, but there was too much of the former to do much of the latter. Thus, Friday was a total loss for me. I must remember that when I can no longer remember how many I've had, it's been TOO many.

Last week was a mad rush to grade homeworks and projects for my class, make, proctor, and grade the final exam, and finally get around to reviewing several papers. They're now nagging me since I'm late with the reviews. Also GRL accepted my paper (yay), and they were nagging me for the files.

I took the weekend off. Since teaching the class, I haven't been able to do that. I usually spend a few hours Saturday grading, and Sunday prepping for Monday's lecture. I did almost nothing productive this weekend. I got to finally start Super Mario Galaxy. I'm sure I'll pay for this later. Easter dinner was supposed to be roast leg of lamb with artichokes and potatoes. But a whole leg was something like $40, which is more than I wanted to spend on a hunk o' meat for just the two of us. Although it would generate a lot of leftovers. Anyway, I elected to go with the ham instead. I know, I'm a Jew, but pigs are delicious. There are plenty of leftovers anyway, but ham keeps better.

I'm off to Technicon next weekend. From what I can tell lurking on the staff list, this is looking to be disasterrific. It appears to be the most poorly run Technicon in my memory, though I say it as shouldn't. I wasn't exactly a stellar chair for Tcon 18. I suppose I can't complain but so much, since I'm not actively involved with staffing this one. We're taking the red-eye flight into Dulles on Thursday night, crashing at my parents house in the morning and driving to Blacksburg in the afternoon. We plan to be there for opening ceremonies.

What else? Oh yes, two weeks after Tcon, I'm off to EGU in Vienna. Assuming I don't have to report for Jury duty. I requested a postponement until after that conference, but we'll have to see. Then in May I may be going to visit APL, my folks will be coming for a visit, and there's Fanime con. In June there's a workshop in Santa Barbara and the baby's supposed to show up in July. Santa Barbara's only 4 hours away by car, so I can get home relatively easily if anything should happen early. The fun never ends!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some anime to catch up on.
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Finally got my plane ticket for Technicon. Much more difficult to find anything decent than usual. In fact, we might have passed on Tcon altogether, except its the only time we get to see people from back East, and it'll probably be the last one. At least for a while.

We quickly gave up on flying into Roanoke; prices are astronomical for that. Plus, when you consider that there are no direct flights into Roanoke, it's actually faster to fly into Dulles and drive up. Even so, getting from the west coast to the east coast is not cheap or trivial. Red-eye flight Thursday night. We'll probably crash at my parents' place Friday morning and drive down in the afternoon. Yes, we'll miss the FSM meeting, but Kate really didn't want to miss another day of work.

We're staying at the Microtel. (Actually I'd already booked a room at the Hampton before the deal with Microtel was made; I need to cancel that one). We're staying until Monday, driving back up to NoVa and flying out Monday evening.

I also have a conference in Houston week after next, AND one in Vienna in April. Did I mention I hate flying? Not the actual flying part so much, more the dealing with the airlines and airports, and TSA crap. Lots of tickets to buy, and I just paid off the credit card after last month's car repair. At least I get reimbursed for all these tickets.
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We got back from our Christmas / Disneyworld trip yesterday. It was fun. Crowded, but not the nightmare I was expecting. The trick is apparently to get up early, go to the parks when they open, muck about until around 2, go back to the hotel and flop for a couple hours and then go back out for dinner. None of the waits were really that bad. We only ended up using the FastPass option 2 or 3 times the whole week. We have several hundred pictures which will be posted eventually. I'm lazy.

Our flight home required us to get up at 3:30 in the morning. Our original plan had a 4 hour layover in LA, but we managed to reduce that to 0. The early flight to Oakland was running a bit late and was in the next gate over, so we were able to just hop right on it and come home. Around 4 we went down for a nap so we could be awake for New Year's. When we woke up 13 hours later, that plan obviously failed. We totally missed it. But we caught up on our sleep.

Now to finish planning my class that starts in one week. And figure out how the hell I'm going to get my LPSC abstract in by next week as well. I'm tempted to skip the meeting. It requires me to find a substitute for the last week of classes or cancel them altogether. But failing to present something there may be professional suicide at this point in my career. Can't do anything today on that topic.

Today's dedicated to flopping and the postponed holiday baking. The tree's going to have to stay up a few days longer.
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No, this post has nothing to do with the SCA, but about our recent trip. This is long so it's under a cut. )

Boulder

Aug. 11th, 2007 10:01 pm
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I'm in Boulder. Yay me. Forgot how hot it is in the summer here. I've been spoiled by the coast. I'm at SFFU right now. Have my talk in the morning, but I think it's good to go. My second talk still needs some paring down. That's on Monday, though. Thought it was Tuesday, but I just checked the schedule.

[livejournal.com profile] willow_red (or anyone else for that matter), if you want to get hold of me, I'm at 720-281-0191. Yes, that's a Boulder number. I still haven't got a new phone, even if I've been talking about it for months. I'm here until Wednesday.
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Hey, Boulderites. I will be in Boulder for a meeting 11-15 August, if anyone wants to meet up. I'll be in talks during the day, but I should be free in the evenings.

Technicon

Apr. 7th, 2007 09:47 pm
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Right. Finally doing the con report now. Hope this is ok, because I'm a little drunk at the moment.

This is a HUGE post, so I've cut it. But please read it anyway. )

Technicon

Mar. 28th, 2007 07:35 pm
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We're off in a few minutes.

Got a red-eye flight tonight from Oakland to Dulles, because that was half the cost of flying into Roanoke, and we can fly it direct. We decided we'd rather drive four hours on the other side than make a connection.

We'll crash at my parents' tomorrow morning in a few hours, which should nicely synch us onto con time, drive down to Blacksburg in the afternoon.

Oh, and parking at an offsite lot near the Oakland airport costs nearly as much as our rental car in Virginia. Parking AT the airport, well, you couldn't afford it.

Catch you on the East coast.

Januarity

Jan. 15th, 2007 02:16 pm
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Hola Amigos. I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya but it's been crazy round here lately )

I hope that was easier for you to read that it was for me to write. If I post more often, it won't have to be so massive. Time to get some work done.
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Actually, I'm not posting details right now. Too much to say. Been to [livejournal.com profile] kathleenroberts's parents for Xmas, popped up to NoVA, and am now in Bburg through New Years.

Here's a Holiday Meme )
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Problem with flying east is that it really takes ALL DAY. 2 hours checkin before flight, 5 hours in the air, 1 for a layover, 3 hours time change. Bleargh.

Plan is to be near Williamsburg 23-27, NoVA 27-29, B'burg 29 Dec - 01 Jan.

Did not sleep well last night.
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I'd best post my summary of the AGU (American Geophyscial Union) meeting before I forget too much.

It was a good meeting, but ill-timed. I'd just come there direct from a three-day workshop on Early Planetary Differentiation, so by the time the meeting started my brain was already full.

Sunday, 10 December 2006 )

Monday, 11 December 2006 )

Tuesday, 12 December 2006 )

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 )

Thusday, 14 December 2006 )

Friday, 15 December 2006 )

So the meetings were good, but too long. I had 8 straight days of conferences and was essentially working for 12 days straight. And LPSC abstracts are due in three weeks. I have a little work left to do before that's ready and I'll be gone all next week. I can do some work remotely, but not very productively. I took the weekend off because I needed to, whether or not it was a good idea. I needed a break. I played Twilight Princess, got my hair cut, finished X-mas shopping, macerated dried fruit for cake and made latkes matzo-ball soup with never-ending leftover Turkey. This is the last of the thigh meat.

The fruitcakes may not work. I use AB's recipe, but I add extra rum for the maceration, then add extra cider when I cook the fruit, and strain some of the liquid out to make a sauce before adding in the dry goods. I did not however, write this step down anywhere. [livejournal.com profile] kathleenroberts is home sick today (I think the latkes provided more grease than she's accustomed to eating lately). She went to bake the cakes for me, but of course never knew about my modification. As a result, the batter's too thin. There's an extra pint of rum in there. We're going to bake them anyway to see what happens. The batter's in the pans already. Can't hurt to try. If it doesn't work, there's still plenty of rum left. We'll just have to get some more fruit.

Most of the work that needs to be done is for the CPU, not for me. I basically wrote this huge entry in spurts over the course of four hours at work while the shorter calcs were running. The rest will be longer (half a day each), and I'll be revising the Icarus paper while that's happening.
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Man, I go away for a few days and it takes quite some time to catch up on LJ.

I went back east (as always) for the Thanksgiving holiday. There's a lot to discuss, so I shall do so behind the cut. )

It was a good trip, but I do hate flying. Our copy of Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess arrived today, but too tired to play it tonight. How sad is that?

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