I'm going to Okinawa tomorrow - yes, again, but this time it's all work, not play. I'll work as tutor at the OCNC summer school at OIST for the next three weeks. Every year OCNC brings together graduate students and post-docs for a three-week intensive course in computational neuroscience. There's a series of lectures by some of the big names in the field, tutorials on commonly used software tools and the students work on a project of their choice.
I use the NEST simulator quite a lot, so my job will be to introduce it to the participants, and to help the students that use NEST for their own projects. It's also a great opportunity for me to follow the lecture series, learn about other software tools and techniques, talk with other neuroscience modelling people and generally learn a lot of new stuff. Of course, I'll still work on my "day job" - my ongoing project - while I'm there.
I've been running ragged trying to get everything prepared in time; that's partly why posting has been light lately. It's not just the tutorials; I've also tried to bring my project to a point where I can easily work on it away from my desk. I'll try to make a point of writing shorter posts while at OIST that don't take me so much time to finish.