It appears I may be headed to Australia for spring break, somewhere between March 9 and March 19. It’s either going to be Perth or Melbourne (yeah, I know, not near each other, but Bakon is not being more specific as to where she’ll be). I am so excited! Not only did Australia hold my interest throughout childhood (something about Bunyips), but I think I might like to do a postdoc there as well, so it will be great to scope out the culture and landscape. Mary, Jon, Katina — will anyone who’s in the country let me know if you might be reachable in those areas around that time? I would love to see you!
Oh, and because I am a glutton for punishment, I will be headed to San Jose for the Game Developers Conference in the week following spring break. [excised] Is there anyone in SJ or somewhere along the CalTrain line I can stay with? Jamie, I plan to come see you in Oakland for sure!
Google Earth has become my preferred means of figuring out where exactly it is that I’m going. Somehow, the sight of Melbourne resulted in a spontaneous chorus of “The Swamps of Home”, a song I was sure I’d forgotten. Probably because it’s very grey and brown around there from the satellite image… much reminiscent of Los Angeles.