To West Point

I'm heading out on a flight to West Point tomorrow for the Workshop on Network Science, where I'll be making a presentation and participating in a panel. Under normal circumstances, this would be funded as part of the work of a research project. However, the funding has to be approved by the higher-ups in my institute, and unfortunately, certain recent events have made it impossible for the higher-ups to approve anything for a while. So it's either that I don't go to the workshop, or I go to the workshop at my own expense and vacation days, and I chose the latter.

That's the story of how I'm ending up going on a "vacation" that is not really a vacation. At least one thing will probably still go according to plan: despite the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft, I don't foresee any problem chatting "face-to-face" with my fiancee ...

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