Visiting Seattle, Raleigh, and New York
Seems like I'm more successful at planning trips than blogging about them. Alas.
On the weekend, I headed down to Raleigh, North Carolina, to visit my cousin Jonathan and his family. I hadn't seen him or his daughter in around 8 years, so it was a really special weekend.Real World Cryptography Workshop. It was held in the Great Hall at the City College of New York in Harlem; one of my colleagues and I had an intense discussion about whether the Great Hall was larger or smaller than Hogwarts Hall. I gave the last talk of the workshop, "Provable security of advanced properties of TLS and SSH". The workshop was a great opportunity to hear about different aspects of applied cryptography and talk with people about real world problems.
I was really excited to go see a performance of Waiting for Godot. Besides being a masterpiece of 20th century literature, the highlight was that stars of the show were Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. The play was fantastic, much funnier than I remember from reading it years ago. I stayed around afterward outside the stage door to get autographs when the actors left, and I wasn't disappointed: all five of the actors signed autographs and posed for pictures, including Captain Picard himself!
After 4 short days in Manhattan—squeezing in visits to Times Square (and the M&M Store), Central Park, and the best bagels in New York—it was time to head back to Brisbane and start getting ready for semester.my gallery. One last picture to leave you with: flying out of Detroit on the way to Seattle, I had a fantastic view out across metro Detroit to Windsor and, if you looked carefully into the distance, all the way across Essex County to Point Pelee.