At a lovely Nerd-Herd workshop this week… and although i served as a poor substitute gave a presentation for an absent colleague this afternoon, and tomorrow will be chairing a morning session and serving as a panelist at the evening “senior leadership” session*, i have a hard time concentrating on the presentations – brilliant scientists in our field, from the U.S., Europe and even a representative from Asia this year… talking about their most remarkable results**. So, how to stay awake after a late night of drunken dabauchery networking with colleagues?
At my last meet-a-thon, i resorted to rather primitive survival techniques. Thankfully, this upscale yuppie infested resort meeting room has Wi-Fi. Oh, yeah baby…. was able to score a seat in the back of the room, near the coffee urn and cookies under the guise of needing an outlet for my laptop.
Cookies, coffee and the world wide interweb! I have been able to engage and deflect incoming work missiles lobbed from 2000 miles away. I have had time to catch up on my blog reading. Electronically passing notes with drunken yab friends other attendees at the workshop. Catching the up on local news from my hometown newspaper. Reading book and movie reviews.
Oh, and getting paid to do it. Damn. I’ve got the best job in the world this week….
* A sign of desperation in Geekdom. They couldn’t get anyone functional else to do this. I’m also known to be easy (no, not like that) and can be persuaded with unlimited alcohol and the sunshine and blue skies of the California desert.
** at least the stuff they’ve already patented… or work that is guaranteed to piss off arch-rivals.