More or less back on track after accu2008, the JezUK out-and-about number-one technical-beano-and-wingding. Haven't done a great deal of work over the last couple of days mind, but I think I've sufficiently internalised enough to properly concentrate tomorrow morning. The physical hangover wasn't too severe, which probably means I didn't work hard enough of the squash court, rather than anything else. Like sitting up half the night talking and drinking, for instance, in which I also indulged. (And yes, I was Lakosed, but not to the point where I had to do one-arm press-ups.)
Last year, I thought the programme was ridiculous good. This year's was better (or, depending on your outlook, worse). There were several occasions when I was interested in seeing four out the five sessions, and there wasn't a time when I was interested in less than two. It was ludicrously hard to decide, and I know from asking around that I was far from alone in finding it difficult. Giovanni, our conference chair, deserves hearty congratulations, right before we take him round the back and give him a good roughing up. Next year I'm shooting for a 15 days single track conference, just to make it easier on everyone.
As ever it was super to catch up with the, I now realise very, many friends and colleagues I have in ACCU. There are always more people to see, and as Chair there are extra demands on your time, and I was disappointed not get to the chance to meet some people. I said hello briefly to Thomas, but would have loved to spend longer with him. Similarly, by the time I realised that the tall chap with the young kids hadn't accidentally booked into the wrong hotel, but was, in fact, C++ threading maven Anthony Williams, I didn't get the chance to speak to him. Next year, perhaps. But hey chaps, if you're passing, give me a call and I'll take you out to dinner.