European Lisp Symposium: Geeks Galore! (07 Jun 2009)

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It's more than a week now that I returned from Milan where I attended this year's European Lisp Symposium, but memories are still fairly fresh. The conferences I go to are usually all pretty nerdy, but this one provided particularly impressive examples of general geekiness.

Not that this came as a surprise. After all, this was a conference about Lisp. Lisp is one of those languages which, as it seems, many love and many others hate, but which leaves few indifferent. And so naturally, the audience at the symposium deeply cared about the language and its underlying value system, and wasn't in Milan just for a few days of company politics or for sightseeing.

For me, this meant:

  • Two days during which I didn't have to explain any of my T-shirts.
  • Not having to hide my symptoms of internet deprivation on the first day of the symposium (when the organizers were still working on wifi access for everyone).
  • Enjoying (uhm...) the complicated protocol dance involved in splitting up a restaurant bill among five or six geeks. This is obviously something that we, as a human subspecies, suck at big grin Special shout-outs go to Jim Newton, Edgar Gonçalves, Alessio Stalla, Francesco Petrogalli and his friend Michele. (Sorry to those whose names I forgot; feel free to refresh my memory.)
  • Meeting Lisp celebrities like Scott McKay (of Symbolics fame)
  • Crashing my hotel room with four other hackers (Attila Lendvai and the amazing dwim.hu crew) who demoed both their Emacs skills and their web framework to me, sometime after midnight. (Special greetings also to Stelian Ionescu.)

How refreshing!



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