Monthly Monday Local: blmdybrn

Thanks habi for the links. Great conversation was to be had on all fronts last night at Desperado as already mentioned by David, however grid computing is something that I forgot to mention and that is being worked on rather seriously these days in order to handle the mammoth amounts of data being produced by some experimental facilities like Fermilab. In addition, two items were of particular note to me: the iPhone and Lift. My impression at LFT08 was that just about everybody had one of those gadgets and I had my fun using Pedro‘s and gawking at Charles‘ who had all sorts of geeked-to-the max software on it. I for my part am enjoying with increased pleasure two functions of my – now very old – cameraphone: the off button and the silent mode.

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Lifters @ CERN in Geneva

I like blue. I like scaffolding. I like the ties that bind us. I like the myriad cables behind instruments. I like theory. I like it when my communities connect. I like anonymity. I like silence. I like distance. I like solitude.

Why, oh why is it that I move through life faster than light?

LIFT: reflux

One look at my calendar for the next months and I am wondering where the 52 hour day is, and when will they find a cure for the need to sleep!

To air out my intoxicated brain I went for a walk today after I caught up with sleep. Just left the house and started walking without any idea as to where to go. No plan, no destination, just walking and enjoying the spring-like day. Got to the Canadian residence and then headed up towards the Rosengarten and then towards the Salem. Gave Marc a call and dropped in for a cup of tea from Remo’ stash. Marc is stressed… and I was all elated. At one point I listed to him all that is going on and then it seemed totally irrelevant although it is very important to me all the same. We laughed, we joked, we had a wrestling match in the kitchen after he explained to me the role of women behind the stove, and then he was totally convinced that indeed women should not learn martial arts.

After LIFT I do feel like I am now in hyper-space. It is a good place to be. Somehow it is all finding its dynamics in my notes. I had absolutely fantastic conversations and a few surprises. One thing that I can say for sure is that it was three days of intense work, and that the nuit blanche brought a few insights that somehow bundle that whole package of experience rather precisely. If there was something on my agenda when I went to the conference, the nuit blanche was for sure the one item. I am very much in the mood of one of the many excellent talks: secrets lies & digital deception.

Many people at the conference have blogged about the various talks and happenings, and I will contribute my own two bits in uncondition and tensoriana once the dust settles a bit here. Hannes‘ live blogging is however the kind that I very much enjoy reading, that is, opinionated. Meanwhile have a look at the videos either at the conference website or at nouvo.