Last night I didn't get much sleep, so I was terribly disappointed to find myself having trouble staying awake during Damian's "Presentation Aikido" talk. I wound up being the guinea pig for his "bar fight" demo and then went back to my chair and struggled to keep my eyes awake. I was actually most embarrassed by this. The break and two more cups of coffee helped tremendously.
My summary of his talk: if you must give a presentation, you must see his talk. His humour (sic), integrity, and complete comfort with the subject matter make this talk one of the best I've seen. After I got home, the first thing I did was open up my laptop and go through my talk again, improving it, making corrections, and doing a spoken rehearsal of the talk. I was surprised at how I stumbled on spots I know like the back of my hand.
My talk is the last talk on the last day of the conference. Not only will that reduce attendance, but there are two other Perl talks scheduled at the same time and one of them is Dominus. Given how obscure my subject matter is for many, this won't help. I also have to confess that despite how I enjoy logic programming, Dominus subject matter is interesting enough that I'd be tempted to go to his talk in lieu of mine. As Luke Palmer said to me "I want to be a superposition."
I also was disappointed to not run into Bill Odom today. He has great ideas for TPF and I'm most curious to see how things pan out.