First, the secret city, famous for its triumphant inner harbor renovation, has a FAR MORE INTERESTING Little Italy neighborhood just a mile further down Pratt street. My advice, for what it's worth, screw the Inner Harbor's plastic corporate food and walk a mile down the road to a great little restaurant scene.
Second, Ensconced within the glassy, plush confines of the Hilton, I couldn't help but hear
Third, I shared a few flagons of aqua vitae with the chair of a prominent department of brain and cognitive sciences and we seemed to agree on some critical points (can't rule out the effects of the aqua vitae, of course). I sum up thusly (with the caveat that these are my explications alone on what was expressed under the influence of said aqua vitae and may not reflect any opinion other then mine, in the here and now, blogging under the influence of said aqua vitae):
- The Bayesians are coming: the next linguistic wars will not be between different theoretical factions, but between the traditional theoreticians and the statistical computationalists (not necessarily a bad thing, btw).
- The bar was good: the demise of comprehensive exams is a bad thing. They forced students to live up to a basic standard of competence that the wishy-washy replacement requirements fail to enforce.
- Good help is hard to find: the scarcity of people who know both the computational/statistical side AND the linguistic side is frustrating.
- Brother, can you spare a dime: what happened to the jobs???? Ain't no jobs no more, don't matter what you wrote your diss on.