[76attendees] thanks to the organizers and the city of Hiroshima

Rodney Van Meter <rdv@sfc.wide.ad.jp> Thu, 12 November 2009 21:59 UTC

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I'm a member of the WIDE Project, but I get none of the credit for  
making IETF such a success.  I stand in awe especially of the NOC  
team: Profs. Kato, Osamu Nakamura, and Shigechika from Keio, Prof.  
Maeda from Hiroshima, Ray Atarashi from IIJ, and a long list of  
students (including qoo, kudo, and tomine).  Some of them prefer to  
work in the background, but their work stands out.

The city also went amazingly far out of its way.  The "Welcome IETF"  
signs on the streetcar platforms, the party, the PASPY, and especially  
the city lights that made wandering the streets in the evening so  
pleasant.  I didn't try the bikes, and had no need of the translator  
service (except possibly from Hiroshima dialect to Kanto dialect :-),  
but those seemed to be wins, as well.

The gang from e-side (Scott and Pres. Arai, and others whose names I  
don't recall) certainly made it all work.

And Jun Murai is, of course, The Man.  ("What kind of sycophant are  
you?"  "What kind would you like?" to quote a movie.)

For those of you who missed the social, my new hero:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadatoshi_Akiba
I've followed his peace work for years, but had no idea he has a Ph.D.  
in math from MIT and taught in the U.S. for more than fifteen years.

Hope to see you in Anaheim!

		--Rod

P.S. Do try to walk over to the dome and museum, if you haven't yet.  
It's close, it's important, it's moving, it's sobering.  It is,  
however, not fun.