The view from my hotel is much nicer than the last one. Instead of a ventilation shaft, I get to see nice trees of all colours, with occasional high-rises dotting the landscape. Actually, earlier today I looked outside and had this total sense that I was in Ottawa. I never thought I'd feel nostalgic about living on the east coast (or a vague approximation thereof), but here I am.
The hotel is not without its flaws: the architecture is godawful (fortunately, I'm spending most of the time on the inside) and my room was air conditioned when I arrived. In November! And of course, the hotel wireless is flaky. It seems that most hotels can easily deal with a couple of people web browsing from their rooms, but when a computer science convention descends upon them, all hell breaks loose. Tonight, for some reason, their network was blocking port 80 and nothing else. I came to the lobby to find some people despairing, while others were browsing over SSH + lynx. I got to be the hero of the day for setting up a quick web proxy on a non-standard port.
Time to get some sleep; maybe I can actually make it to breakfast tomorrow morning.