I've given my final, and have grades ready to submit. The semester is over!
Over the summer I may do some blogging again, as I may have time for it. I was noticing that on my calendar, I now have empty days ahead, something I haven't seen for a while. I'm looking forward to those.
To start off, I've just finishing registering for FCRC, and it seemed apropos to complain about how expensive it was. I'll be there about 4 days, for 2 overlapping conferences (that last 5 days), and it costs nearly $1000 in registration fees.
But then I looked at other conference prices. Int'l Symposium on Information Theory 2011 is $725. That does include several lunches, a banquet, etc., and it is a 5-day conference. SIGCOMM 2011 is $625, again with banquet, 3-day conference. Not sure about lunches.
FCRC still looks expensive, but perhaps not ridiculously so.