UC Info Sec Symposium
The bi-annual University of California Information Security Symposium, held this year at UC Davis.
The trip starts with a surprisingly decent quality, yet unsurprisingly overpriced hamburger at Cassell's inside Terminal 1 at LAX. Yet another delayed flight on Southwest, and yet another uneventful arrival at SMF. A pleasant surprise amid a sea of ordinary was the fact that the Toyota Camry I got was completely brand new-- just 2 miles on the odometer!
Day two kicks off the University of California Information Security Symposium. As a typical UC campus, Davis is a mix of old and new. The welcome center, conference center, museum, and Mondavi Center are so shiny that you could almost mistake them for a tech center campus, while much of the rest of campus feels like the usual 1970s-era-and-earlier concrete hell. At least they have nice pathways for bicycles and a large pond in the middle of campus, plus a vineyard at the edge?
Conference food was surprisingly decent, and the day 1 keynote was excellent, but it was even nicer to be able to get away from the symposium afterwards to meet up with Frances and Patrick. The Press Bistro is pretty good high-end food given it's Sacramento-- innovative by Central Valley standards, although it wouldn't rank as much more than ordinary for the Bay Area. Frances' dessert pick, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, was also very good, and a quick walk from The Press Bistro. t'was great to see the Dea-Sanchez family!
Entered day three with final day of solid presentations, starting with an excellent one on AWS for Research by UCSF. Fast-forward to lunch, opted to skip out on conference food to try a local place, Four Seasons Gourmet Chinese. Built-in to a gas station, it works despite how mediocre it is. Sort of a perfect example of Sacramento-area Chinese food: ordinary, accessible, hasn't evolved much from 1950s-era Taishan village cooking.
Wrapped up the symposium by early evening and slogged through traffic straight to the airport, where a steak salad at actually had an entire steak atop it (!). The flight out showcased downtown Sac and some interesting formations along the river, although before you ask, yes, it was delayed as well. *sigh*