The last internationals have been safely seen onto airplanes and the rented glassware has been returned to Dan Murphy's, now all that remains is to figure out by how much the budget got blown, write the thank you letters, (most important) return the LTU stage banners to Marketing (I was very firmly told when I borrowed these that if I lost or damaged them in any way I would never work again in this town, ironic really considering that my contract expired on Friday and I'm out of a job now anyway, LOLOLOLOL ;D) and ha ha, start working on collecting the conference procedings and turning them into a book.
And blogging about it. Very necessary.
Where shall I start?
First of all I really want to make public gestures of blogospheric thanks and praise Sophie, Pav, and Alexis for creating one of the highlight sessions of the conference. It was absolutely perfect. With no disrespect at all to everybody else and their excellent contributions, their session was seamless, unimpeachably intelligent, and spoke to everybody present. I think it's fair to say that it was the only session (with one exception possibly) which successfully did that. The others were either mainly for the academic or for the enthusiast audience, not really for both. I know it was hugely appreciated.
Also: it was really great to see so many people I've met through this blog at the lecture on Wednesday night. Really. Thanks for coming.
Next: what do you want to hear about? The options before you do not actually include any further commentary on the content of the papers given. No, this will instead be one of those vigorously-scorned reports on 'the process of going to the conference, not the content of the conference itself' (a reference which is topical but I do hope obscure) So what shall I start on? My 4am meltdown and the resultant massive programming debacle? My 2pm meltdown and the resultant arrival on the scene of Dorian, in a work car, ready and willing to help me however he could? Meeting GG? The producer from ACA who rang me 3/4 hour before GG's lecture? How I came to learn how to use a mobile telephone? The person who emailed at 6.30pm the night before her sesison was scheduled to say she was in (a foreign land) and couldn't do her paper after all? Or what about the still bafflingly inexplicable Italian woman? The photographer from the Good Weekend?