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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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Alas, no. They're all bloody formal methods types. I've more in common with lobsters, or perhaps oak trees (from a professional perspective - they seem nice enough as people).

I remember my first international conference -- (A) due to some mixup I was apparently supposed to be chairing a session on something I knew nothing about and (B) an entire day was formal methods papers by guys with Chinese names. I decided that discretion was the better part of valour and instead of (B) decided that the Air & Space Museum in Washington was a much better bet (well, hell, I was working on aviation safety at the time!)

You could at least write that off as work-related. Belfast seems to be full of bloody Titanic stuff - as a resident of Southampton, I get quite enough of that already (so much so that I didn't actually notice it at first).

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