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July 14th, 2006
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Dartmouth, Day 2
Today was pretty interesting, too. The highlights included Rod Brooks and Ray Kurzweil for star power, but I really enjoyed Eugene Charniak's talk about how natural-language processing has become statistical natural-language processing. Book sales were brisk. Sitting waiting for dinner now. They've got what look like those things for cracking open lobsters sitting on some tables, so I think we might be getting lobster for dinner tonight. But maybe we're just getting nuts.

Yesterday, one of the speakers asked me about the AAAI conference, which happens to be in Boston next week. We don't usually go to that conference, but I asked our marketing director about it. It turns out that David Levy, author of our book Robots Unlimited, had asked about us being there, too, and apparently my asking about it was enough to tip the scale. So it turns out I'm going to that conference next week, from Tuesday to Thursday for the exhibit. I figure that since I've sold so well here, I should be abe to sell at least as well there, although I won't be the only exhibitor at AAAI, as I am at this conference. However, the sponsor list on the AAAI website doesn't list any other book publishers, so it's possible I might be the only one with books there (it's also possible that there are exhibitors that are not listed as sponsors).

So, counting my one day at SIAM, that will be my third conference in July, and then there's SIGGRAPH the first week of August. It'll be weird to be back from SIGGRAPH and then have to actually sit down and work a full week, and a full week at my new editorial job, which is a lot more amorphous than my production job was.

I hope they feed us relatively soon. The schedule lists "reception and dinner" at 5:00, and a presentation by some guys from DARPA at 7:00. However, as it's 6:15 and dinner hasn't started, I fear that dinner isn't actually going to be until after the presentation. Oh well. It's not like I have much to do, anyway.

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From:bubblebabble
Date:July 14th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)

heh.

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Eugene Charniak was almost my concentration advisor.

Then I decided to go with "the other CS."
So I took classes with Mark Johnson instead.
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From:queue
Date:July 15th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)

Re: heh.

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Just from listening to his talk and listening to him ask questions after other people's talks, it seems like he would be a good advisor.
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From:rhysara
Date:July 15th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
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YOu get to go to siggraph? I wanna go to siggraph, not fair.
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From:queue
Date:July 15th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
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Last year, I didn't get to do much besides talk to people about book projects (well, listen to my boss talk to people about book projects, really). I assume it will be just as busy this year, but I think it will still be fun. Actually, I'm hoping that it's slightly less busy so that I'll have time to see more stuff.

I think we get a number of exhibit-only passes. We usually give them to our authors who are in the area of wherever SIGGRAPH happens to be that year. I might be able to snag some of those passes if we have extras . . .
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From:rhysara
Date:July 15th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
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Oh god yes! *drools*

*will bake cookies/broenies/dinner/something for a ticket as somehow I don't think my school could afford to send me*
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From:rhysara
Date:July 15th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
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brownies, yes, those.
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From:queue
Date:July 15th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
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Well, you can get an "Exhibits Plus" membership for $95, which might still be more than your school would be willing to spend on you. I'll see what I can do.
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From:rhysara
Date:July 15th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
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Yeah I saw that but I also saw the list of things/programs for educators, and I can't even begin to tell you how badly I want in on those. Going under the theory that there's no hamr asking I think I'm going to e-mail my department head as I think a week at siggraph would be very very very very beneficial (considering I teach all the areas that the conference is about), maybe he cna con our friends at PTC into sponsoring us.

*wants*
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From:rhysara
Date:July 15th, 2006 05:44 am (UTC)
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Just wrote my department head an e-mail entitled "Christmas in August". Fingers crossed that he can figure out some way to get me in as I am now desperate to attend. I have a feeling I will be breaking down and getting an exhibit hall pass if nothing else so that I can spend 3 days wandering the aisles and lusting after things (also hopefully acquiring freebee swag and posters and neat stuff for my classroom).

*wants to go sooooooooooo bad*
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From:rhysara
Date:July 15th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Eeeeeeeeeeeee! No guarentees but my department head replied and is going to see if he can get it funded! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
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From:queue
Date:July 16th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Very cool. Glad I could be a catalyst :-)
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