On robots, raptors and cake16 February, 2009
This time I saw a bit more of Limerick. It is a scary place, made of scary concrete and scary boarded-up buildings and populated by scary-looking people with scary scars (and that’s just the town centre). On arrival, though, I found the campus pleasant and the geeks friendly.
Randall discussed the difficulties of understanding the physical and political geography of the area:
The lecture theatre met with approval for its raptor-defensive properties. Other than drawing xkcd and worrying about raptors, it seems that Randall has been evolving robot software, puzzling over where the alt-text should go in an xkcd book, and watching a lot of telly.
There was cake. It was decorated with a cartoon and a heart. Skynet presented it to Randall and invited him to cut it.
“In honor of Valentine’s Day” he said, neatly cutting the heart in two.
Nobody could resist the Post-it-note comment board. There was considerably more geekery and fun than actual comment, including an epic ten-note-long content-free comment ending with “also, more biscuits for Eoin”. Eoin, whoever you are, I salute you.
I make that three inadvisable things I have now done in honour of xkcd:
- gone to a pseudorandom field to meet People From The Internet who could have been axe-murderers (but actually it was good fun and we got rickrolled in the pub afterwards)
- nearly been run over by articulated lorries (for which I am very sorry and hope my friends have forgiven me)
- wandered around Limerick by myself after dark (survived)
But then, it’s all in the spirit of the thing.