Thanks to Lance for giving me this opportunity to fill in. I'm in Pittsburgh for FOCS, which started today and runs through Tuesday. Unfortunately because of travel constraints I couldn't make it to the Frieze Fest or FOCS tutorials that took place yesterday.
Pittsburgh is a city which sometimes gets a bad rap, but I've always enjoyed coming here. Besides the obvious -- at least for this blog's readers -- attraction of CMU, there are lots of neat things that you can't find anywhere else. I personally like the National Aviary, and the Carnegie museums are fun too. At the Warhol museum you can watch movies that make even the driest FOCS talk seem like a Jerry Bruckheimer production.
No time for museums today, though; the FOCS schedule is full of cool-looking talks, and tonight there is the business meeting and a panel discussion on "Exciting the public about (theoretical) Computer Science." I'll give a report on the business meeting and panel discussion later.