I’ve been trying to find the time to throw up a post about the second day of SciBarCamp, so here it goes. I am kind of glad I didn’t rush one up on Friday morning since I have found so many more worthy posts from other people, especially some of the pictures. I forgot to bring my camera, so my pictures were just from my Blackberry, which aren’t bad but really not that good.
Before we get into Day 2, I wanted to share something from the flight in. I had a window seat on the flight in and it seemed like we were on a Southern approach to SFO. I was amazed at the seemingly endless “sludge ponds” that lined SF Bay in all colors of the rainbow. I saw a post this morning on twitter that points to the fact that these are actually “Salt Ponds” and teeming with life. The post also has a link to view on GoogleMaps
So back to Day 2 of SciBarCamp. The sessions started right on time at 9:30 AM. My first session was a OpenSource Health/disease research discussion with Jen McCabe of NextHealth.org (among others) and Alexandra Carmichael of CureTogether.com
Next up was a discussion with Matt Baggott entitled “WTF, Psychedelics?” discussing the use of psychoactive compounds in research, primarily MDMA or “Ecstasy”. Some pretty cool stuff
Then the last session before lunch was with Dewayne Hendricks of Warpspeed.com. There we discussed Asimov’s Foundation trilogy and Buckminster Fullers “World Game“. Dewayne was a participant in the original World game 40 years ago and recently re-played the game to many of the same prognostic outcomes. I’ll have to tell you, the conclusion’s aren’t that good.
After lunching on an endless supply of delicious Curried dishes, the afternoon sessions were with Naomi Most and DrKiki (aka Dr Kirsten Sanford) called “Spinning Science”. Click on the picture to take you to the full Ustream or go to nthmost’s web page for more.
After this session was one by Grad student and WIRED science writer Aaron Rowe & Rick Henrikson: The future of medical technology. I don’t have any pictures form that one, but I would recommend looking through some of the comments on FriendFeed for this and many other sessions. I think that pretty much every session had one person tweeting or directly inputting on FriendFeed.
My last session was Brian Mallow, the Science Comedian. Since I’ve already posted about Brina, so I’ll spare you again. There were many other sessions I missed, as highlighted in an excellent post by Martin Fenner. There are also a couple of good Photo albums out there.
One great shot from Alex’s collection is the Group Shot we took at 1 PM:
One of the goals of Singularity is to save 1 billion people in this 9 week course. They call this the “Humanity’s Grand Challenge”
Suffice to say that they had a number of “Brilliant” people on the panel (pun intended), but I think my time would’ve been better spent in a pub somewhere. Geesh…
It was an amazing and wonderful week in San Francisco, but I think I’ve had enough of the Left Coast for another year.