A week in New Orleans: day 1, from London to New Orleans via Atlanta

Written on Saturday 1st August 10h25 (local time)

First I would like to apologize to my usual readers here. For a few days this blog will be in english and strictly related to my days in New Orleans. I have come here to be for the first time in 10 years and for the second time in my life at SIGGRAPH, the most important conference in graphics in the world.

I wish I had had the opportunity to do a proper interactive update of my impressions these days at the SIGGRAPH and High Performance Graphics (HPG) at New Orleans but nor the hotel nor the HPG conference (in which I am now, just before it starts), have free wi-fi to conect to internet. I probably will pay the 5 dollars (actually it has been 14.95 USD, so now it is even les likely that I update more often) for 24 hours conection tonight at the hotel and publish all this, but meanwhile I write offline.

Yesterday it was just the day of travel. It was a bit of a nightmare, especially from the moment I arrived to Atlanta, where I had to take a second plane to New Orleans. The flight from London was one hour late and I had only 2 hours and 15 minutes now reduced to 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to pass immigration, get the luggage, check in again, pass through security and get in the plane. It was the time to fly and I still was queueing to check in the luggage to New Orleans. I was lucky, though. Somebody from Delta shouted then that all flights were delayed. Mine was expected for 23h30, two hours later than scheduled. Actually, finally we were flying at 00h30, after no less than 4 changes of gate number.

I arrived really late and tired to the hotel, I have slept 5 hours, and here I am, listening to some guy talking about BVH…