I hosted SBCL10 this week; I'll be putting links to materials from the workshop as they come in. Things mostly seemed to work; minor failures along the way (for my reference if, heaven forfend, I organize another similar event) included the approximeeting arrangements with Martin Cracauer and James Y. Knight on Sunday at the Imperial War Museum; the hilarious failure to remember the coffee maker on Monday morning until halfway to the stations; and of course relying on college catering to provide a light lunch at the time booked (rather than failing to do so and needing to be chased). One thing that I think did work well was the format: motivational talks to kick off, then hacking sessions interspersed with lighting talks – there was a good variety of stuff going on and stuff being talked about; even the open session at the end was focussed and productive. Particular thanks go to my local support team: Jamie Forth, Karen Hodgson, Richard Lewis and Wendy McDonald (and thanks to James Knight for the use of his AirPort Express; thanks also to my department for giving me the green light to organize this, along with an initial push.
Did I say “heaven forfend”? Now my attention must properly turn to the 2010 European Lisp Symposium; there is now a website, and the Call for Papers was sent to a wide variety of Lisp-related venues, so hopefully everyone knows about it now. Cunningly, the Call for Papers failed to include any guidance on a page count for submitted papers; 15 pages in the J.UCS style is the limit – but please submit through EasyChair, not to J.UCS!