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Playing Catch-Up [Dec. 13th, 2007|05:19 pm]
There was one talk I needed to see yesterday morning and since then it's been all about catching up and visiting with people.

Saw John (my thesis advisor) & met his latest grad student who is kind of weirdly like me in build (and voice, apparently, not that I can judge) and also a very good programmer. (His was the talk I saw.)

Had coffee with Kristy (grad school colleague) and had lots of great discussion about the doing of science and Why Are People Dumb?

Ran into Mattie S., whose poster I had seen by chance the day before, and talked for a while about totally non-AGU things.

Ran into Hersh, another of my grad school cohort, on the sidewalk and said hi.

BARTed over to Oakland in the evening and got picked up by U-Boat & Christy, who hosted a lovely dinner at their place for me. Among the attendees were Bug, Spackle(!), and Lucky(!!), which made me feel that my social gravity is high. Which is a nice feeling. Dinner was great.

This morning I just played hooky and ignored the conference since the only thing to see today are posters and at noon I had plans to meet up with Wes, who is just a few blocks from the hotel but in the other direction. Tasty Mediterranean for lunch and a really great afternoon of hanging out and talking. Yay!

And now I suppose I really ought to go look at some of those posters, since they'll be closing things up in about half an hour...

[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-12-14 06:37 pm (UTC)
It's not new, but I only use it when I'm talking about social circles or interconnectedness or something like that.

It's a graph of my social network on LJ. In a circle around the outside are little dots with usernames next to them of everybody on my flist. Then there are lines connecting all of my friends who are friends with each other. The interesting thing about it is how it segments into three mostly unconnected groups: TEP/MIT folk, my friends from Denver, and lj-bears.

I wrote a little java applet that does it, which I would totally stick up on the web for other people to try out if I could find some place to host it...
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