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Sunday November 23, 2003
12:33 PM

Long time, no see

Someone remind me to go to the December social...
Friday December 13, 2002
06:43 AM


BioMail are going to replace Perl with Java and MySQL. Ugh.
Friday November 22, 2002
05:31 AM

Tech meet

I am no longer a tech meet virgin. I wandered down to London last night and managed not to forget my props. I like lightning talks - if I don't understand the topic, something new comes along in 5 minutes. Most crack-fuelled award goes to 'How Bond would kill bugs'. Met some (more) Australians, drank some beer, followed acme round the Tube. Karma to 2shortplanks for cat herding. Hmm, I should now put my non-slides on my website.
Wednesday November 06, 2002
07:50 AM


Coo, I got mentioned in The Perl Review. So I bought a subscription.

Incidentally, is it time for a new use.perl poll?

Thursday October 31, 2002
01:23 PM


Yet Another Bioinformatics Conference.
Thursday October 03, 2002
08:23 PM

Glutton for punishment?

Tonight was my third trip to London within a week.

On Saturday, acme, hex and myself went to the BodyWorlds exhibition. It was full of very cool anatomy and was interesting to see the reactions of people who didn't cut up bodies for a degree. They had a horse, which means they should do a camel next, and I now have a postcard of a dead guy hacking on a Mac. After a Brick Lane curry we perusaded kake and richardc to join us in a Notting Hill pub and then I visited the new flat of richardc and 2shortplanks to watch 'Dude, where's my car?' (dude, sweet).

On Tuesday, tantrix, neko, 2shortplanks and myself braved the tube strike and took the visiting Geoffrey Avery to see the Complete History of America (Abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Bloody funny.

Tonight was the social in the Calthorpe Arms. Nice beer, conversation about parties, sushi, the new PM leaders list, organising a tech meet, repaying people money, singing happy birthday to space and meeting jerakeen in the flesh. Followed by the slooow train home.

I'm looking forward to a (relatively) quiet weekend. Where quiet equals hosting someone else's birthday party in my house.

Sunday September 22, 2002
05:40 PM


Monday. Panic.
Packing and last minute data analysis due to biologists changing their minds. Had to walk to the bus station at 3.30am, so didn't bother going to bed.

Tuesday. We're off to see the wizard.
Met up with, did the airport thing without getting frisked (unusual), flew through the clouds (very Quantum Leap). Hotel nice and central - though lacking in decent pillows, minibar, and free brekkie. Headed to a beer garden to sample local delicacies - all in the name of science, of course. The evening saw a large google of geeks (like a gaggle of geese) crammed into a nice local. Managed to put zome faces to names, or irc nicks. Got to sleep about 1am. This was to be the earliest night of the entire week.

Wednesday. And so it begins.
Was late arriving at the venue, due to a very bad map. Caught the end of Red's talk on GTK and was amused by Schwern. Caught a train to the middle of nowhere and the speaker's dinner. Felt a little out of place but talked to lots of people and ate far too much. Returned to the hotel to find (surprise, surprise) still in the pub, so joined them for a round of schnapps. Or three.

Thursday. Busybusybusy.
Got up in time for the opening ceremony, which I'd vaguely promised Foley I'd go to. Saw a talk on Perl 5.8, which I'm considering moving to, and Nick Clark (enthusiastic, as always) talk about speeding things up, which I could do with. Gellyfish provided a contentless, but highly entertaining, talk on SOAP. Greg proved my point that rotating 3D graphics gets you scientific funding. Thanks to Thomas Klausner, I've been lured over to the dark side of obfuscation and might even try and find time to play some golf. Managed not to make a complete fool of myself in my lightening talk. I *did* warn people there wasn't going to be any code. Damian said the usual things about Perl 6. We had a mini bio bof, which made a nice change from the usual nargery. I seem to remember that the evening's entertainment involved a conveniently located pub, followed by brandy, cigars and music in Greg's room.

Friday. And then there were four.
I'm managed not to pay much attention in the morning. Damian's Quantum::Superpositions gave Dr Lush and I cunning ideas about Blast (DNA alignment). I'm very tempted to write something along the lines of Acme::Schnapps and Acme::Phylogenetics. I bought a book, failed to start a purple website faction in the auction and watched half-naked men arm wrestle. In the evening we got rained on, then found a (very orange) bar that wasn't full. Numbers dwindled until 3am, when the survivors headed back to the hotel to find had kidnapped a Bavarian folk singer from the party next door.

Saturday. Beer foamy.
This was my designated lying-in day. After managing to locate a select group of mongers, we wandered round Munich, ate icecream, found the river, skimmed stones, and saw a coffee flavoured duck. The Queen laser show at the planetarium just had to be done. Likewise, Oktoberfest, which was very large and very busy. Still we managed to dance on a table and sing along to 'I will survive'.

Sunday. Playing catchup.
A leisurely breakfast. Wireless in the airport. A long bus journey. An overflowing inbox. Noodles. Sleep very soon.

Friday July 05, 2002
06:30 AM

Les Miserables

This story made me giggle.
Saturday June 08, 2002
09:12 PM

Monday May 20, 2002
02:34 PM

*crosses fingers*

Soooo, in the past 2 months I went to a social meet with lots of people and cider. I had a birthday and a party, but no cake. We had a Getting rid of Grue party, but have acquired another ornamental Australian. I gave a seminar at Darwin, I might win some money for an essay, and I am currently backing up our luverly data.