I’m in Halifax, Nova Scotia…eh. For some reason they have a parade at night in November with floats containing Santa and reindeer (obligatory crappy cell phone picture to follow):
Yeah, what the hell?
Interesting conference, I’m attending. I haven’t been at a conference in ages where disagreed with so many of the talks!
For example, I learned that many many people have got it all wrong and quantum error isn’t possible because we haven’t thought about the role of phase errors properly (sadly I didn’t get to hear about the twin paradox.) I also learned form an older, well established researcher, that quantum computing is all bullshit because none of the quantum mechanics books he looked at mentioned the word entanglement. This was a new argument for me: proof by “it’s not in my books!” There was also “argument by von Neuman,” “argument by radar,” “argument by Bohm-de Broglie,” (an aristocratic communist argument?) and “argument by appeal to a dead person.” Woot!
But it wasn’t all crazy wacky, so I am enjoying myself in my curmudgeonly way, and am happy that the organizers invited me to speak (even if I made a big boo boo in two of my slides, doh.) Plus now I can say I’ve actually set foot in the Atlantic time zone!