International Congress of Human Genetics – day 1

Palais des Congrès, Montréal
This is where it will all happen… tomorrow.

Well, day “minus one” really, since the thing doesn’t start until tomorrow.

Nevertheless, I have braved the Canadian Nationalized Train Service, and am now, after a long and interesting discussion with a mathematician from Dalhousie University, who (a) happened to be sitting next to me, and (b) knew what C. elegans is, in La Belle Province, specifically the city of Montréal.

Yes, I took the train, for a variety of reasons including convenience, lack of irritating security checks, and delivery to within walking distance of my supposedly very swishy, but really very ordinary, hotel.

Nevertheless, arriving nearly a full day early afforded me the opportunity to exercise my usual hobby of painting pictures with pixels. So here you are:

Rural Western Quebec
This is what rural western Quebec looks like, at speed.

And here is a tractor, panned at a stupidly slow shutter speed with a lens that doesn’t compensate for poor technique:

Tractor and trailers, rural Quebec, October 2011

Tomorrow, I am in a project meeting all morning, followed by an afternoon of the ICHG and a dinner meeting for said project. The rest of the week is a free-for-all of talks, posters, vendor-sponsored events, and all the rest of it. Wish me luck. I’ll be posting updates and photos and whatnot as I can.

About Richard Wintle

I am Canadian by heritage, and a molecular biologist and human geneticist by training. My day job is Assistant Director of a large genome centre, where I do various things along the lines of "keeping the wheels on". In my spare time, I tend to run around with a camera, often chasing race cars, abandoned barns, and sundry wildlife.
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7 Responses to International Congress of Human Genetics – day 1

  1. cromercrox says:

    Nice tractor.

  2. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I liked the Toronto-Montreal train, although it wasn’t as spectacular as the Toronto-Vancouver route! It’s an extremely civilised way to travel, topped only by boats IMHO.

    Have fun in Montreal – I’m very jealous. I need to go back, and visit Quebec City too.

  3. Jon Moulton says:

    There’s a pub in Lijiang (Yunnan Province, China) called the Sexy Tractor. I sipped tea on the balcony one midday with my family. Nice setting, and they’ve Guinness on tap.

  4. ricardipus says:

    Somehow, I have reminded myself of the album Lik My Trakter, by The Waltons.

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