Finally ready to cap off the weekend, I lounged around in the morning for a bit, then packed up and checked out of my room prior to the start of the day’s panels.
Future of Programming Languages. This panel was audience-driven, and frankly somewhat boring, but it was interesting to see what people thought about various topics of the future of programming. I was really hoping more to see some of our esteemed guests (Vernor Vinge, this means you) put forth their visions of the future, but as far as Q&A sessions go it wasn’t too bad. Except the part where one of the panelists spoke dismissively about Perl 😛
10 Easy Steps to Becoming a VIM Expert. This panel ROCKED! Loved it. I need to revisit my notes and practice the tips learned here. I now have a Windows version of Vim installed on my work laptop.
Math and Elections. A room full of opinionated geeks (Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian) participated in a panel discussion about voting systems and political process, and what’s wrong with them. Naturally, the conversation turned adversarial along party lines a couple times, but on the whole not as bad as you might expect. Very little time was spent discussing voting systems, largely (I think) because the room was aware of them and mostly in agreement that our current system sucks. Randal Munroe predicts the demise of the Electoral College within 10 (or was it 20?) years. I hope he’s right. We also covered the morally indefensible practice of gerrymandering.
Red Wings. I skipped the rest of my con schedule (Cryonics, Closing ceremonies, Bitch session) to go home and watch the Wings shut out the Preds to end round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Also to kick back and relax with my out of town friends before they had to go back out of town. They both enjoy this (their first) con, and are planning on doing it again. 🙂