The first day of the conference was great fun. There were three invited speakers yesterday: Ron Graham, Susan Holmes, and Arthur Benjamin, and all of them were terrific. Graham (not Ron Graham, but a UCSB student) got an opportunity to play a game against Arthur Benjamin during the latter’s talk. Unfortunately, he lost, but, as was pointed out later, the game was not in his favor. Amusingly, the chair of the SoCal/Nevada section is Prof. Millett of UCSB, but I had to go all the way to Las Vegas to meet him for the first time. After those talks, we went to dinner at a very elaborate but very expensive buffet owned by some casino. (Well, practically everything is owned by casinos, it seems.) We went back to the conference yesterday night to see magicians do mathematical sorts of tricks.
Unfortunately, the others decided that they wanted to lose lots of money and consume poison in the form of ethanol, both of which they did. Therefore I will be the only one going to the contributed paper session, which starts at 8:30 this morning. I guess the others come here to be in Las Vegas, whereas I come to do math. I should probably avoid going to Las Vegas with people who like to have too much fun in the future.
Bleh. I haven’t been getting enough sleep here.