I just spent a couple of days at a conference in Chicago, one urging the geneticists and the economists to be friends (Conference on Genetics and Behavior). I suppose it could happen someday. There were a few interesting talks, which I will blog about at some point, and of course some really good stuff that I’m not supposed to tell to any man of woman born.
At this point I’ve attending a fair number of conferences. Although this one was ok, it still can’t compare to that one DARPA conference I attended in Monterey. Some beltway bandit of the female persuasion was talking about a proposed kinetic orbital weapons system that might be used against hardened targets, something like Thor. She laid out the general idea, then got to the punch line: the tungsten rods needed be longer and stiffer, in order to achieve greater penetration, evidently an issue of great concern to her. I was sitting with a friend, way up in the stands. I was laughing like hell, but everyone else was in shock, quiet as the grave, unable to believe their ears.