(Random title constructed to reply to Bee’s post called Asymptotic Backreaction.)
You know, I’ve made some great online friends here on this blog. It’s all the result of that community I’m trying to keep going (and expand) here with contributions to the conversation from many of you in the comments, and even sometimes in guest posts. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of these new friends since everyone likes to pass through Los Angeles sooner or later. In the past six months, four familiar Asymptotia contributors have passed through Los Angeles and I’ve been lucky and delighted to meet them: – Amara (November; on her way to a conference, and she gave us a talk – I’m trying to get her to do a guest post on her “Watering the Earth” topic one day), Candace (January; on her way to a conference here -she did a guest post) by the way, Athena (two weeks ago, on the way to a conference), and this week I finally met Bee (also giving a talk, and on her travels -she’s also done a guest post by the way) who turns out to have just that same excellent eye for observation, and quietly sharp sense of humour, as her blog posts. (She’s the main blogger behind the excellent Backreaction, and she’s done a post there which briefly mentions her visit to Disney Concert Hall with me.)
Tameem, a student of mine, has teased me a bit about my showing visitors around, as I end up taking them to see interesting things that are also some of my favourite things (pretty much anywhere in LA really) – which also turn out to be things you read about on this blog. Apparently it’s the “Asymptotia Tour”. It can include (and is not limited to) Downtown LA (e.g., Disney Concert Hall, Grand Central, Bradbury Building, The Standard Bar, The Broadway Bar, Union Station), the USC Campus, Hollywood Farmer’s Market, the LA Times Book Festival, a hike in Griffith Park, The Griffith Observatory, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, The Arclight, The Vista, and so forth. Perhaps I should just print up a brochure. I’ve noticed that it’s getting to the point where we approach something and people go “Oh, I saw that on Asymptotia!” before I can say what it is. That’s actually rather nice.