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I’ve arrived in Banff for the Blogs n’ Dogs conference.  I’d like to present my experience so far in the format of a numerical guide to the conference and city.

-22:  The amount below zero it is right now, in °C.

25 to 45: Number of minutes it takes for exposed skin to freeze at this temparature.

5: layers I wore to go to dinner in the building across the street.

30: Number of people participating in the Blogs n’ Dogs, including faculty, participants and special guests.

11, 1, 1: Number of bottles of beer, wine and whisky consumed so far (but it is the night before the sessions start)

1.75: Average Number of desserts most people ate at the buffet I went to tonight.

1: Number of large climbing walls in the recreation center

1: Number of squash courts

1: Number of gymnasiums

3: Number of swimming pools

8 to 5 to 7: Ratio of digital cameras to computers to people in the room

3: Number of seperate discussions we’ve had about the proper “tag” for this conference (conclusion: blogsndogs)

20: Hours until the conference officiall starts

1384: Meters above sealevel we are

13: Customer service representatives I’ve met at the reception, dining hall, stores in town and driving shuttle

8: Number of customer service representatives who were from Australia

I’ll add more numbers as time goes on.  Feel free to suggest your own.

Update: First BnD post! But second was Sarah Pullman.

Update 2: BnD is not the same as B&D, which is apparently already taken as an acronym.



 
 

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