Hahaha, very true! (Probably especially true in Vegas.)
I need to plot this for myself. There certainly are some similarities, with the occasional blip in the long right tail.
(Okay, not really true... I do try to get to as many talks as possible.)
The long tail is probably a little too low for me (there were some really great talks - and posters - this year), but it's been interesting to notice how much choosier I am now about what I go to see.
(and before anyone gets too upset or thinks me too lazy at SVP, this post is largely satirical).
I regret to say it was true for me, partly because I spent the start of the meeting wondering if one could actually die from jet lag, and the end of the meeting suffering an embarrassing digestive complaint. But my role at such meetings, as an editor at Your Favourite Weekly Professional Science Magazine Beginning With N, is not so much to attend talks - many or most things have been published by the time they reach the podium - nor to write things up as news - as to hang around waiting for people to come up to me and pitch papers. So I return from Vegas loaded with the most amazing secrets, things tha migh end up as published papers, one day.
The number of talks attended is inversely proportional to the amount of Ruffles and ranch dressing consumed.
mmmmmm... ruffles and Laramidia
Multiple parallel sessions are a significant causative factor methinks... Entirely single session conferences like Hennig in Brazil this year, make non-attendance all too conspicuous. Not that SVP could actually be done in single non-parallel sessions - I'm amazed how big it was! Seemed to dwarf even IPC3 which is odd considering that's only held every 4 years!!!
oh so true for me this time: if it had been my first or second SVP I would have been able to attend many talks. But by now it was far more important for me talk to all the many people - and so I missed out on many cool talks.
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