Programming language researchers are among those dislocated by the flight ban caused by the eruption. FLOPS in Japan was seriously disrupted, and Barbara Liskov was forced to extend her visit to Edinburgh (where she spoke at the BCS/ACM Visions conference) so I had the benefit of a tutorial on distributed programming from her this morning.The ash plume of southwestern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano streams southwards over the Northern Atlantic Ocean in a satellite photograph made April 17, 2010. The erupting volcano in Iceland sent new tremors on April 19, but the ash plume which has caused air traffic chaos across Europe has dropped to a height of about 2 km (1.2 mi), the Meteorological Office said. (REUTERS/NERC Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland)Lava and lightning light the crater of Eyjafjallajokul volcano on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

It'll be interesting to see what happens to air traffic when Katla goes off. As Iceland's president stated on BBC, this current eruption is just a rehearsal compared to Katla.

For the interested, Katla is also just a kitten compared to the Laki eruption that happened in 1783. The following link is a trailer from a short documentary about that eruption.

I sincerely hope that flight schedules can resume to normal in Europe. Best regards from Iceland!
On the other hand, we in Boston got some benefits: Simon Peyton Jones visited us for two days while he was waiting to get out. Also Geoffrey Pullum (of LanguageLog) gave a talk at MIT. --Mitch
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