PDC 2008 notes: How to get to room 406A, and other notes


Today is the day of my talk. I'm always a bit nervous before these things, because I'm never sure if what I'm going to present matches up with what people are expecting. Most people who come to my PDC talk don't know who I am, so they aren't expecting me to toss out a few catch phrases, use my psychic powers, and tell stories about how a bug in a 16-bit scanner driver written in 1993 is the reason why TCP/IP is so complicated. (That last part was a parody.)

Today's notes:

  • They certainly don't make navigating around the Los Angeles Convention Center easy. My talk is in room 406A. Since the room number is in the 400's, it is naturally on the third floor. And to get to the third floor, you get into the elevator and push 2.
  • Someday, they will remember to put a clock in the room where the speaker can see it. That way, you have a clue how you're doing on time. You might think that when I glance at my laptop, I'm consulting some speaker notes. Nope, I'm just checking the time.
  • A relatively quiet place to work is in the valley outside meeting room 151. The operative word here is relatively. It's still noisy, but the carpeting muffles the noise better than the big open spaces which are more echoey.
  • The meals at the PDC are free. The snacks are free. The milk, juice, soda, water, and coffee are free. There is only one thing that isn't free, and that's the coffee at the Starbuck's stand near the main room. And there's always a line. Leave it to the geeks to find the one thing that they have to pay for and line up for it.
Comments (19)
  1. Anonymous says:

    "Leave it to the geeks to find the one thing that they have to pay for and line up for it."

    I think there is a Windows vs. Linux snarky comment in there somewhere.

  2. Anonymous says:

    "And to get to the third floor, you get into the elevator and push 2."

    At least they got that right.

    –A Brit

  3. Anonymous says:

    "Since the room number is in the 400’s, it is naturally on the third floor. And to get to the third floor, you get into the elevator and push 2."

    That was for backward compatibility with the previous convention center. Your room used to be on the fourth floor. The reason you need to push 2 to get to the third floor was to support a previous legendary king of England that I’m not allowed to name (please, no guess as I’ll have to delete them) who could not count up to 3.

  4. Since the room number is in the 400’s, it is naturally on the third floor

    And this too, for those readers on the other side of the pond.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The reason you need to push 2 to get to the third floor was to support a previous legendary king of England that I’m not allowed to name (please, no guess as I’ll have to delete them) who could not count up to 3.

    If that were the case, wouldn’t you have to press the 5 button to get to the third floor?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Paying for Starbucks – it’s odd that anyone would pay for the mysterious bitter burnt substance that they sell. Perhaps it’s the candy that they sprinkle said substance on that people are really buying.

  7. quotemstr says:

    Barry, I used to think the same thing, but the new blend Starbucks has is actually pretty tasty!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ed: both 2 and 5 work because the room was mistakenly put on the 2nd floor before the center was completed and early visitors of the incomplete convention center got used to the location, so it could not be changed afterward to avoid confusing them.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ed wrote:

    If that were the case, wouldn’t you have to press the 5 button to get to the third floor?

    "Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

  10. Anonymous says:

    Presumably the floors in that building are zero-indexed. I would have thought that might seem quite sensible to a fair number of the attendees ;-)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Very cool.  Sounds like my kind of event.  If it wasn’t for the fear of flying…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it’s simply that the LA Convention Center is part of R’lyeh, which is described as "abnormal, non-Euclidian, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours".

  13. Anonymous says:

    Just curious, do they provide free iced coffee there?

    Having one before/after a talk does sound refreshing to me. :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Presumably the floors in that building are zero-indexed. I would have thought that might seem quite sensible to a fair number of the attendees ;-)

    It makes perfect sense to British English speakers, we essentially zero index floor numbers, although the ground floor gets called simply that not the zeroth floor ;-).

    Only explains the lift numbers not the room number though…

  15. Anonymous says:

    MJH: Perhaps a practical attempt to verify Hilbert’s paradox?

  16. Wound says:

    Any idea when the video of the session is going to be available?

  17. Anonymous says:

    The office building I work in uses 0-based numbering, but like the British, refers to ground floor as "Ground floor."

    However, it’s only zero-based because the building has 13 floors, but NO, we can’t have a Floor 13…

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