CHI was a fun and hectic week. Lots of fun surprises for sure and lots of great people! I ran into one of my thesis advisers who was in from Sweden! I hadn't seen him since December of 2002, so it was fun to catch up. Lots of others from that time were there as well so it was fun to see the MIT crowd that usually doesn't make it to CHI. And a colleague of mine who's away for the year in Europe was there as well presenting a poster about a study that I'm helping to analyze the data from. I had no idea she was going to be there, but it was definitely fun to have 3 people from our lab out there!
Overall, there were some good talks and certainly some interesting conversations with many different people. I thought my talk went well, even though it wasn't the best attended being at 9am the night after all of the parties. Speaking of which, Google threw a pretty impressive one at the Tech Museum in San Jose. They rented out the whole place and had excellent food and drink for 2,600 people :) It was complete with Segway rides and google gear giveaways. I felt like 1) I was in college again and 2) it was 1999 in the middle of the boom. In any case, it was a fun event!
That's probably about all I have to say about CHI this year. I'm back home now...for a little bit!
Other random factoids:
1) My new tivo came while I was gone. I called DHL to have them put the box on hold for me so I could pick it up and from the address the guys was like, oh yeah, the tivo box, sure, we'll hold that for you. I show up at the desk and the guy was like, oh yeah, let me grab that tivo box for you as soon as he saw my address. So either they have no volume at all at that place or the guy was just really obsessed with tivo :) In any case, it beat the Fedex and UPS experiences of package hold hands down.
2) The Red Elvises are coming to Chicago and Madison this June! If people want to go see them, let me know! They put on a really awesome show and the keyboard player is just amazing! As is the fact that one of the guys plays a bass balalaika.