Friday Slide Scan #5 is from the Spring of 1990: an internal shot at the old Mission of San Diego in the city of that name; Unix and the Oxford English Dictionary took me there.

Mission of San Diego, San Diego; internal shot

The Mission is very beautiful and well worth a visit if you’re in San Diego with time to spare. I was there to address the 1990 Usenix conference, my subject “Lessons of the New Oxford English Dictionary Project”. It was a plenary speech, and that was a big conference; it may remain the largest audience I have ever spoken to. Another highlight of the conference was the session on that year’s Morris Worm; much of the audience was still feeling the pain. We debated whether it was a worm or virus in amusing counterpoint, alternating shouts of “Worm!” from the audience’s left half and “Virus!” from the right.

My paper was reasonably well-received and I’m still proud of a section in it entitled “\n Considered Harmful”.

Images in the Friday Slide Scans are from 35mm slides taken between 1955 and 2003 by (in rough chronological order) Bill Bray, Tim Bray, Cath Bray, and Lauren Wood; when I know exactly who took one, I’ll say. [In this case, me.] Most but not all of the slides were on Kodachrome; they were digitized using a Nikon CoolScan 4000 ED scanner and cleaned up by a combination of the Nikon scanning software and PhotoShop Elements.


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