13 June 2007 - 17:51Bye Bye San Diego!

Maybe I’ll be back here in 4 years for the next FCRC.. and perhaps with a paper submission! (Note to self: Don’t sign up for 2 conferences that are back to back that end/begin in the middle of the day. Apparently there’s no food for conferences ending today in the middle of the day, and no food for conferences starting in the middle of the day either..)

Time to head back to the commuter airport at SAN, which has the open ramp for boarding the smaller Embraer planes. (Watch out for passing planes that might cross your path while you’re out there ;) it can get pretty noisy and windy..)

Convention Center
Outdoor dining area in front of the Convention Center

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12 June 2007 - 21:18Extraordinary Desserts

Making up for the lack of desserts at the banquet.. a trip with a high school friend at UCSD to a super fancy dessert place! After a few loops around the complex highway network of San Diego.. we pull up to 5th avenue to look for cakes, pies, cookies, or maybe just a cupcake at Extraordinary Desserts.

Chocolate Cake
Mmmm chocolateee (but I didn’t eat it! just some of the top ;) )

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11 June 2007 - 23:24Banquet at the San Diego Zoo

It turns out that there was a trip to the San Diego Zoo after the first day of ISCA. I was slightly confused during the last couple presentations today when people kept asking when and where the buses were picking people up. Apparently the bigger conferences have fancy trips like these for a night of adventure and mingling.

After the shuttles brought us to the zoo, we switched over to the guided tour buses that would bring us to the dining area. And just as we pulled out of the boarding area.. a peacock!

Peacock Usher
Peacock sending us off on our merry way through the San Diego Zoo

The rest of the tour had quite a few animals showing up with an 80% attendance rate – perhaps the missing group were tired from the day and went to sleep already. (Hrmm.. sitting around and getting fed while people watch you could be a tough job..) So of the ones that did show up, there were all sorts of birds and boars to meerkats and antelope-like creatures. A note about the meerkats.. they have one of them standing guard to alert the rest, so you probably won’t see many of them – let alone the one that stands motionless blending into the area.

Meerkat.. maybe
There’s nothing here! ?

At the end of the journey, there were drinks and a ton of food (desserts too, but those disappeared quickly) for all the computer architecture people to sit down and chat. It was an interesting experience for me because I just joined while a lot of people have been around for many many years. I got to meet some people and hear what they’ve been doing in this field, so I could get up to speed and see where things are going. But I won’t go into all those details here – instead, I’ll fill the rest of this post with animal pictures. :)

Polar Bear Plunge
Is the polar bear thirsty or looking for a swim?
Elephant Snacking
The elephants were having dinner… right next to where we were having dinner
Squinting Koala
A fuzzy little koala (squinting causes the camera to blur ?!)
Flamingo Pond
A bunch of pink flamingos partying late at night

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10 June 2007 - 10:07A Look From the Room

I’ve been wondering what San Diego looks like – near the Town and Country where I’m staying for the week. As the taxi drove me on I-8 towards the hotel last night, all I saw were signs for hotels and even more hotels, but I suppose that’s why the street is called Hotel Circle.

So from the room’s balcony looking towards the front of the convention center, there’s a bunch of palm trees, a flag, some hotels, and the highway. And looking from the front door, there’s an exciting view of more palms and a shopping mall carved out of the hills. I guess that explains why the trolley stop was called the Fashion Valley stop.

Some reason there seems to be a constant haze when looking further than half a mile.. and San Diego has been much cooler than I expected – at least compared to the Bay Area.

Resort Front
Palm trees line the way to I-8
Resort Back
Even more palm trees at the back

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