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International conferences
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:43:27 PM »
Just attended my first. Despite frequent reminders that it wasn't as good as Budapest 2012, I had a good time. Getting ratted on free booze and dancing to Shania Twain with all flavours of Europeans was fun. Had enough of rich finger food though, and they seem ripe for extramarital affairs.

Do you have conference buddies? Have you had to duck out of an afternoon workshop to vomit? Tell me

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2018, 02:03:15 PM »
I had a couple of good ‘uns in my youth.  Los Angeles was the first, then Chicago.  Now I get to go to Chester every other year.

Re: International conferences
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2018, 02:07:21 PM »

I once ended by having to brief a full UN Assembly Climate Conference by accident. Once I realised That I had been mistakenly put up to speak it was too late to back out, so I just thought fuck it I’m going to do this. It went down very well and I was asked questions by Ukraine and Japan afterwards.

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2018, 02:08:34 PM »
NAMBLA '18 in St. Louis was well attended and the "Hairiest One" competition was a riot.

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2018, 02:09:39 PM »
Many...too many to remember. Palermo last year was probably the only one where I was ducking out for booze, as my Greek colleague joined me. The story he told me about the Chang Mai conference that I missed because of illness...blimey.

Other good ones were Guadalajara 2013 (Tequila!) Singapore 2002 (Superclubs!) and Salt Lake City 2002 (Moose and Bison!). This year was the most extreme, from -20 in Quebec to +35 and floods in New Orleans.

Would be happy with a Chester every 2nd year as they are quite exhausting.

Re: International conferences
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2018, 03:06:00 PM »
Tiverton 2014.

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2018, 03:23:49 PM »
Tiverton 2014.

South-West Combine Trade Show and Agri-Feed Symposium?

buttgammon

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2018, 08:55:35 PM »
Antwerp this year, and a fun week it was too; in 2020, it's Trieste. I have a few conferences up in 2019, but they're all in Ireland so aren't very international, at least as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2018, 07:48:31 AM »
Hamburg and Amsterdam. I had to "man" our exhibition stand, and very dull it was. Next year's Hamburg will be more exciting as I'm running a workshop in one of the rooms, so something to get nice and nervous about.

Re: International conferences
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2018, 08:15:49 AM »
Hamburg and Amsterdam. I had to "man" our exhibition stand, and very dull it was.

I had to do the same in Glasgow 1988, on my own over the weekend until the start on Monday. However, our stand was in the style of a Black Country pub, with scratchings, a dartboard and working bar with two whole barrels of Holden’s Golden. It was nice.

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 09:17:03 AM »
I had to do the same in Glasgow 1988, on my own over the weekend until the start on Monday. However, our stand was in the style of a Black Country pub, with scratchings, a dartboard and working bar with two whole barrels of Holden’s Golden. It was nice.

Wow !! Sounds way less dull than the software I was demonstrating

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 09:42:33 AM »
Tampa. In November. It’s bizarre that somewhere in the northern hemisphere should be so warm in bloody November. Had never had any desire to go to Florida at all, but I really liked it.

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2018, 10:16:35 AM »
They are threatening to cancel our personal research accounts. I have about 4k in mine, still. I think that's one computer and a couple of conferences, then.

I tend to get pissed at conferences and watch very few talks.

Re: International conferences
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2018, 12:54:50 PM »
Wow !! Sounds way less dull than the software I was demonstrating

I’ve had worse weeks at work. The sight of suave Italian guys in sharp suits sipping plastic beakers of Black Country beer and inspecting the hairs on the KVE deep fried pig skin was... incongruous.

BlodwynPig

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Re: International conferences
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2018, 02:32:20 PM »
They are threatening to cancel our personal research accounts.

Corporate Bastards!!!