I'm missing the ACCU Conference something chronic. I've been for all but one of the last dozen or so. Every time, over four immense energetic exciting knackering days, I fill my brain up so much it takes me years to fully digest each one. By which time, of course, I've been back again, and again. It's been a massive part of making me the programmer I am (which I think is fair-to-middling), and if programming's even slightly your thing you should try and go even if you look at the programme and think that's not for me because it really is. (As conferences go it is a)comparatively cheap and b) packed with people who know their shit. This is not necessarily a given for the generallity of programming conferences.) This year, for a multitude of reasons, I'm not there. And I miss it and I miss my friends and I can feel the void in my knowledge opening up with each passing tweet.
The feeling of weightlessness was somewhat unfamiliar compared with Earth conditions. You have think that's something of an understandment.
At a previous ACCU Conference I tried to give Bjarne Stroustrup a fiver.
If I do my build/deploy symposium/conference/workshop/thing, I should try and find a coffee and cake sponsor. Too many events are blighted by crappy refreshments.