Berkeley – Not What I Thought November 15, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in computers, physics.
I’ve never been to Berkeley before. I attended a small ATLAS workshop (which was fantastic) and stayed in a hotel just outside the university. We took everyone in our group, pretty much, and had a good time. And learned a lot (I’d forgotten how complex the ALTAS software was — especially to beginners).
Two of our students knew a lot about the area. One of their first statements was “Careful how far down Telegraph Ave you walk at night!” Apparently twits drive up and mug students for their iPods. This pretty much sums up my experience there. I admit to not getting out much, but it wasn’t exactly a place I’d want to hang out and drink (as I did a little of when I was an undergraduate). In fact, the surrounding area sounded a little depressing. I’m sure if I’m wrong I’ll see it in the comments here. 🙂
The other thing that surprised me was the smog. I’ve been to San Francisco many times and I’ve never noticed the smog. But there it was, hovering over the city. Heck, it reminds me of India!
Thanks to SLAC and LBNL for arranging the workshop! It was a lot of fun and I think we learned quite a bit.
You know — on software complexity… I have this fear that new students will look at the software and say “Hey – this is really getting in the way of me doing physics, I’m going to do another type of physics, like condensed matter.” There has to be an easier way to get people into it. 🙂