We had a magical time in Prague at the Group32 conference in Theoretical Physics, giving talks and wandering around the beautiful old city. The conference venue was very central, beside the river.
There was plenty of interest in our talks. The week started off with Piero Truini introducing his magic star in the plane, stressing its importance for our understanding of emergent spacetime. On Wednesday, Alessio Marrani put the magic star and exceptional periodicity into the context of supergravity theories, about which he knows a lot. Also on Wednesday, Ray Aschheim explained the canonical coordinates which generate interesting actions for E8, and their connection to algorithms for quantum gravity. Early on Thursday afternoon, Michael Rios gave tantalising hints to the final form of bosonic M theory, moving up the tower of T-algebras in exceptional periodicity. Finally, I spoke about the underlying categorical structure of this motivic program, making links to the pentagons of scattering amplitudes and rest mass phenomenology. It was nice to see interest coming from string theorists, algebraists and condensed matter people.
So what does Big Brother think of all this? He does not appear to have changed his mind much at this point. He remains determined to keep the slaves in their place. But at some point, surely, people will begin to understand the idiocy of this plan. To be sure, I had a few people suggesting positions for me at various universities around the world, but traffic on my sites remains severely restricted, and it follows that trafficking methods are still being employed. When I receive a hundred good offers, and I mean good ones, then we can talk about change.
Meanwhile, I will be heading back to Australasia, homeless as usual and with less than a dollar in my pocket, and my bank accounts in a very sorry state. This is what it really takes to get things done.