A couple weeks ago, Brian was invited to Tim O’Reilly’s Science Foo Camp at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA this August (yes, Jasmine:)… And O’Reilly’s just emailed today to say that I am invited to attend, too. (He said he was interested in hearing about ‘Sunshine‘…)
It’s happening the same weekend as my 20 year high school reunion. I thought for about a second and decided SciFoo was much more important. I mean, getting together with a bunch of people whose only real commonality is the fact that their parents chose to live vaguely in the same area of a city for at least 3 years OR getting together with a bunch of people you’ve never met before, but who are all doing amazingly interesting things that make you excited to be alive…? The former will be a night where I’d have endless short conversations condensing my past 10-20 years into a few bland sentences then listening patiently while people I can’t quite remember do the same; the latter will be a weekend of energy and excitement which will go on and on long past the three days we’re together.
There’s no question what one should choose.