Have arrived in BrisVegas (as it is known by many) for eResearchAustralasia
, and am staying at the pretty acceptable Spring Hill Mews
. The first day's arrival was spoilt by illness, I suspect because some fucker sneezed on me on the plane on the way over. Still, by the end of the second day I was feeling better and arrived for the conference welcome reception and then joined a group for dinner at Mucho Mexicano
. Whilst it is early days yet the conference itself has been so-so from the first few speakers. Leeanne Enoch
gave a good introduction to the conference, especially for a politician, and David De Roure's
presentation on Ada Lovelace and computer-generated music was quite enjoyable. I suspect for the rest of this afternoon I'll be staying in the Advancecd Computing stream.
Before leaving Melbourne, I did have the opportunity to run a session of Eclipse Phase finishing
the Chain Reaction
scenario, which will then be followed up with the subsequent related scenarios. In addition, Karl B., has assisted with the final editing of Papers & Paychecks
although, alas, I still haven't managed to track down Tim Kask to do the foreword. On my return to Melbourne it looks like I'll finally get around to seeing Blade Runner 2049
, given that I am "a bit" of a fan of the original.
Prior to departure I also managed to see Peter Hook and the Light
, at their final Melbourne concert, performing Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures
(after selling my previous tickets to fustian_
. It was a great concert and in next couple of days I hope to have a review written for reddragdiva
for Rocknerd, which I'm sure he's looking forward to. Should also mention that I'm half-way through writing an article about that strange alliance that's grown between the Democratic Socialists of America and the Juggalos.