On a much more cheerful note, Matron was very happy to see that the announcement for this year's GikII conference finally went up this week. For the uninitiated, GikII is a conference on the intersections between law, technology and popular culture. It is now in it's forth year and very rightly so, as it is - in the oft quoted words of a regular attendee - "like a normal conference, just without the boring papers".
It has become so popular in the legal geek community that it will also be transported to the Southern Hemisphere this summer: SoGikII will take place ("in a beach hut in Sydney" according to some of its organisers) on 9 June. What's not to love about that prospect? Matron, who has not been able to find the small pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that it would take to fly her to Oz and back is very, very jealous of those who will attend. But then the fact that Northern GikII will take place in trendy Amsterdam this year (17/18 September) is some compensation.
So, in the words of GikII co-founder panGloss, get your geek on and respond to the Call for Papers for either Holland or Australia. The only rule is that "you must not be boring", because, Toto, this ain't Kansas!