London and Keller

I am now recovered from the flight.  Attended Keller’s presentation today.  He did well.

Must have been the day for Australians. The plenary conference speaker was an Australian.  He was great. He spoke about coral reefs. He has done some amazing stuff including a very inventive collaboration with Google (see below). Keller is Australian (he holds Australian and American citizenship). The moderator for Keller’s presentation was Australian. One of the questioner’s for Keller’s presentation was Australian.

In any event, I think Keller was pleased about how his talk went. I was, of course, proud. But, I resisted anything overt such as standing up and shouting “that’s my kid!”

Despite the Aussie invasion, this is a large conference at a huge conference center with people from all over the globe. It is the 100th anniversary of the British Ecological Society, and that is a big deal. Topics are broad ranging.

From a lay perspective, one of the neatest things I learned is that Google Maps will now allow you to “dive” on corral reefs.  See here. Google did this project in association with ecologists from Australia. By increasing the number of regular people who are familiar with coral reefs due to having “dived” on them, the hope is that governments will be spurred into action by their citizens to deal more fully and seriously with the dramatic decline of coral reefs throughout the world.

I may get back to legal stuff tomorrow.  But, for now, some photos follow

RGK

The conference center is where the boxing and wrestling matches were held for the London Olympic Games.  It is adjacent to the Thames. Ultra modern and huge.

The conference center is where the boxing and wrestling matches were held for the London Olympic Games. It is adjacent to the Thames. It is ultra modern and enormous in size–about four footballs fields long and all under one roof.

Keller at the conference.  Compared to everyone else, he well dressed. Apparently ecologists never put on dress suits. Truly, out of thousands of people, I was the only one in a suit including the plenary conference speaker.

Keller at the conference. Compared to everyone else, he well dressed. Apparently ecologists never put on dress suits. Truly, out of about a thousand of people, I was the only one in a suit.

RGK getting ready to ride light rail into the center of London.  I was so tired last night that we simply rode in to the center of London, and found an old pub. We had a drink and a nice talk and then back to the hotel for sleep.

RGK getting ready to ride light rail into the center of London. I was so tired last night that we simply rode in to the center of London, and found an old pub. We had a drink and a nice talk and then back to the hotel for sleep.


A small portion of parliament from inside the very expensive cab ride from Heathrow on the far west to London Excel on the far east.

A small portion of parliament from inside the very expensive cab ride from Heathrow on the far west to London Excel on the far east.

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