A quick break and I went to see abigale speak about Benchmarking. Some good points covered - essentially four points where you can easily get caught out when benchmarking, explained carefully with proper reasoning. I then went to see merlyn give his teaching learning perl talk, which is a talk on talking and teaching. He covered some good points, which I think if combined with mjd's conference judo should should be very helpful.
After lunch, I listened to Damian's talk on being lazy in the way that you work. I think I would have got more out of it if he's been talking about my shell (bash) not tcsh and editor (emacs) not vi. Still, he did remind me that there's a large number of ways I could make my working environment better. Now if I only knew how to write proper bash and emacs scripts. Tutorials anyone?
In the evening we headed back to the hotel for a swim and chat by the pool, where we tried to come up with the next big thing in perl. Came up with a few ideas, but they're things that need doing first rather than discussing. So watch this space.
We then went to the party as Boston's By The Beach. Turned up early
and had food. I think I had the world's largest blackened swordfish,
but OTOH, it was nothing compared to the surf and turf. Band turned
up, played lots of reggee. People shouted to other people. We all
tried to ignore the twenty or so TVs showing baseball. You get the
idea. Though Boston's isn't actually on the beach, we did walk down
there. Managed to find a shell I could skim into the Atlantic (there
were no stones.) That's one big objective for the trip out of the way