Thursday 9th May 2013: 5.15am. Just finished our two day research retreat on "Alternatives to Growth" held by the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation attached to UW. Lots of valuable information and thoughts. Pretty drained and mentally tired though, kinda could do with the next two days of work off, but that can't happen. Saturday I fly to Aspen, Colorado for the C++ Now 2013 conference which lasts all of next week. I'm hoping it'll be relaxing rather than six days of intensity like the last two days. I suppose I don't have to present anything which greatly helps, but equally there's rather a lot of material and I'll have to talk to strangers, something I always find draining. I guess we'll see.