The SAS Global Forum 2008 that is.
I spent much of this morning in the Coders’ Corner sessions, which were short sessions with tips for programmers and users alike. Ten minutes in length, I found these sessions quite useful.
I also attended another session on OLAP data cubes and one that discussed a factor analysis of a health care provider survey. The latter was of interest to me because it used a technique that I’d like to use at work.
Papers from each of the streams were judged and the best were recognized during the closing ceremony. I was unexpectedly asked to grade one of the sessions I was in this morning, which was kind of neat.
The closing ceremonies also had some pretty cool door prizes ranging from clothing donated by the various sponsors to a pair of airline travel vouchers to a pre-paid registration to SAS Global Forum 2009. A ripple of "oohs" washed through the audience when they announced that prize. Unfortunately, my name wasn’t drawn for that one or any of the other prizes.
After things wrapped up, I walked back to the hotel with a colleague who was staying here. Along the way, we stopped to do a couple of geocaches before heading off to do our own things this afternoon. I continued geocaching and ended up logging 5 caches in total today: 3 traditional caches, a virtual cache and a webcam cache. My friend Rob helped out with the webcam cache by making a screen capture of me standing in front of a webcam that’s pointed at the Alamo.
I hopped in the pool for a few minutes upon my return to the hotel before I headed out to find somewhere to eat. I ended up having dinner at Boudro’s on the Riverwalk where I was lucky and only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table. Other people were being given wait times of an hour or more. (It would have been worth waiting that long.)