Ken Stanley sent me to GECCO
, one of the major conferences for genetic computing and AI. This was my second time in Seattle, but this time I had a camera. Unfortunately there wasn't much time to do anything fun, as the only free time was early morning (5:30-7) and late night (8+).
I forgot to set the camera time back on the first day, so just imagine the times are 3 hours earlier ^_^
Seattle is cool - like NYC, but a little more laid back and a little more vertical. It'd be fun to live here if there were a way to make money (*cough* Microsoft), but at this point that's a consideration for far in the future!
I stayed at Hostelling International, which for $25/night was not bad at all. I think the entire second floor was GECCO people. David and Adam roommed with me (both from UCF), and the other two guys were cool.
Saturday and Sunday were workshops and tutorials, followed by paper presentations Monday through Wednesday. There was a reception Sunday night that was pretty sweet (good food, good atmosphere), and supposedly it was much improved…
$14 to ride up to the top. I'll never do it again, but I can at least say that now I have.
The Scifi Museum, next to the Experience Music Project, was pretty neat. If you notice the pictures being dark it's because someone came and told me that no pictures were allowed after I took the first few. So I just had to try a …
David and I headed to the International District to check out the supposedly awesome bookstore - and it was indeed awesome. Unfortunately it was also a 15 block walk, and at the end of it my shoulder was bruised :(