Monday, October 10, 2005

Lecture Tour Day 7: Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers logoBill Crosbie fetched me from my very nice Hyatt hotel and off we went. I gave a smallish group of students (25?) my lecture, "The Philosophical Roots of Game Design," and followed it up with a four-hour version of the Fundamentals Workshop. There was a bit of a scramble at the beginning as it turned out that the batteries in my remote control for my laptop were dead, but Bill was hospitality itself and batteries were duly procured. Unfortunately I couldn't stay longer or have dinner with any of the faculty or students, because I had to hurry off at the end of the day to fly to Orlando.

Bad news at the airport. My flight to Washington Dulles, where I had to connect with another one to Orlando, was delayed by weather. I eventually got as far as Washington (flight #7), but I missed the connection and had to spend the night in a hotel near the airport. I managed to get a reservation on the first plane out in the morning, but that's the best I could do -- I was late for my own workshop. What's worse, I had no luggage -- it was in the bowels of the system and I only have my carry-on with me. The hotel sent a shuttlebus which was nowhere near big enough for me and all the German tourists who were in the same boat, and rather than wait another half hour in my exhausted state for one to show up, I decide to take a taxi. Although I only have one little bag with me and the driver has done exactly nothing but drive the car, the he snubs my tip as too small for him -- thoroughly ungracious. The airline got me a discount on the hotel room due to the delay, and the hotel consequently put me in a dumpy little room near the vending machines. I'm beginning not to like Washington very much, and I certainly don't care for Dulles airport.

I did discover, however, that you if you wash your clothes in the hotel sink you can dry them quite adequately with a hotel hair dryer if you run it long enough. The hot air fills up the socks in an amusing fashion.