Monday, October 16, 2006

ADASS: Day 1

I stayed up last night and wrote some talks, two in fact, both of which I gave today. Unfortunately staying up late meant that the cold I'd been successfully holding off for a week or so finally managed to take a firm hold, and my immune system collapsed under the onslaught. So I'm now having a cold instead of holding one off...

There isn't much news coming out of Hawaii after the earthquake yesterday, but it looks like UKIRT and JCMT have come through intact. During the earthquake JCMT was doing an inclinometry run and Ian Coulson put up a page showing the effects (via Canspice).

Posted via Flickr by aallan
Peter and the GAIA 3D demo...

There was a large contingent there for today's demo by Peter Draper of GAIA 3D, and its support for the Plastic protocol, was very heartening. For those of us who were at the last Starlink focus session at the NAM in 2004, where the project offered free beer, and still didn't draw much of a crowd for the session, renewed interest in what is pretty much a best of breed bit of technology is good to see...

Update: In hindsight I guess the cold was my own fault, if I'd just recycled an old talk then I could have gone to bed a lot early. Actually adding new material in was where I went wrong...

Update: More from day 2 and 3 at ADASS.