NIPS casinos flooded

I had a rather dim view of the NIPS conference venue last year — the Harrah’s and Harveys casino/hotels in South Lake Tahoe. Nothing is more depressing than people playing the slots at 8 AM, smoking and drinking away. Via Erin, I learned that the casinos flooded and are closed : “thousands of gallons of water dumped into Harrah’s, causing the elevators to break.” I can only hope that this is somehow an excuse to not hold NIPS there in the future — but I’m not holding my breath (which I did to avoid the smoke).

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Postdoc positions at UT Austin

The Simons Postdoc positions are open:

The ECE department at The University of Texas at Austin seeks highly qualified candidates for postdoctoral fellowship positions, lasting up to two years, in the information sciences, broadly defined. Applicants should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in ECE, CS, Math, Statistics or related fields.