I'm reading the book 'Faster than the speed of light' by Joao Maghueijo, which lays out his theory of a variable speed of light. I've been reading this book everywhere - in elevators, walking along the street, in subways.
So Friday night I'm sitting in the subway train reading voraciously, occasionally looking up to catch air and let the brain spin back down to normal when this quiet spoken middle aged asian gentleman next to me grins at me and says "good book". "Very good book" I agreed. We tentatively started mentioning bits we liked the best - and within a minute we were into a full scale discussion on Cosmology vs Budhism and the value of speculation vs. theory based on empirical results. I come from a background in Mathematical Physics where I was taught to let go physical reality and images in order to free the mind of preconceived ideas and allow the mind to embrace the mathematics in order to perceive a reality outside everyday experience. He comes from an Eastern upbringing which teaches that speculation without an empirical basis or method of testing will invariably lead to dead ends instead of truths.
We soon came to a compromise that allowed for potentially testable speculation based in reality but not necessarily directly relatable to any specific physical process. At the next subway stop he got up, bowed slightly and walked away grinning.
Well, if you want to make it to the Mid-West, stop in Iowa[^] (can you find the binary on our state website?), I'm sure Heath and I (and others) would be able to meet with you and we could have CP get-together.
Come on out to the West Coast of your (temporary) adopted country! Squamish has hundreds of exciting climbs, for every level of climber - primarily trad cracks and slabs. About 4 hours' drive inland, Skaha Bluffs in Penticton has a ton of clip 'n' go sport routes - easy, moderate and hardman.
Come see our mountains, our greenery, our beaches. Our tomato plants
I like you am from OZ, Perth to be exact, live in Ohio and have become shamelessly addicted to the seasons, including snow. I pray for lots of snow each year. Maybe that is a result of childhood snow deprivation. You know all that brilliant sunshine, clean beaches, pure air, fantastic surf and so on has an effect on one. It's a hard life we live down under.
Anyway. I also recommend Florida, hot like OZ, with beaches (I do admit missing the sea) and it has the Kennedy space center. For a techine that is quite a buzz and it is close to Disney, which is as good for adults as for children.
P.S. Do you have an opinion on whether it is better for VB6'ers moving to .NET to focus on VB.NET or C#?
Being that you're living in Canada and perhaps don't want to spend 1.3:1 for anything you buy in the states, then a trip to elsewhere in Canada would be worth it. Dare I suggest Vancouver? It seems that most people in Toronto either have already moved here or else want to. If you like that leafy green plant on your neighbours balcony...
To be honest, the best thing about Vancouver isn't anything instrinsict to the city. It's all location.
Come to Wisconsin, the cheesehead state... Oh wait, California took that away from us so now I guess we're just the beer state. If you are up for seeing a state where mass consumption of alcohol is the norm, swing on through.
I grew up near a small town in central Wisconsin of 1200 people and it had 14 bars on the "main street" in town... Now I live in Marathon county, and we have 92 bars within the (non-proper) city limits of Wausau. And they wonder why we drink so much...
P.S. The consumtion rate and bar concintration per capita appears to rise exponentialy ans you proceed north.