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Conference Redux
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nmg

Conference registration: £400

Airline flight: £160

Hotel bill: £340

Discovering that less than ten people have bothered to stay around for your presentation: priceless

No, I'm not impressed. Can you tell?

Also, note the following exchange:

Me
This is our work on a formal model for XXX. I'm not a formal methods person, so I may not be able to answer your questions on those aspects; I'll concentrate on the broader context of our work and refer you to the paper.
Audience member
But what about (highly technical question relating to formal methods)?
Me
*boggles*

On the plus side, the burgers in the Hotel Malmaison are probably the best burgers I've have from hotel room service, or perhaps anywhere.


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You're really filling me with confidence about this whole "presenting at a conference" thing.

The Web conference is very, very different. For a start, it's full of "my kind of people" (and I reckon also your kind of people).

Besides which, your paper is interesting and thought-provoking - I predict you'll have people asking you questions about it over coffee.

When you come to realise that the average standard of presentation of any CS/techie conference papers is abysmal bordering on severely autistic, you'll soon realise that making any effort to present well places you in the upper few percent of conference presenters.

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