Off to College Station, Texas for a small workshop on the possible phenomenology of quantum gravity hosted by the Mitchell Institute of Theoretical Physics at Texas A&M University. Bringing together advocates of string, loop gravity and the more traditional quantum gravity communities, there was much discussion of possible quantum decoherence effects induced by quantum gravity, limitations on clocks and computation, and the possibilities that either Lorentz invariance and/or the principle of equivalence might be violated as a result of quantum fluctuations in the fabric of space-time. Amusing speculations, but no experimental beef yet, just strengthening upper limits from laboratory experiments and astrophysical sources such as the Crab pulsar and gamma-ray bursters, see for example https://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9712103.
A highlight of the workshop was a banquet dinner hosted by Chris Pope, one of the organizers, and prepared by Hong Lu – see the picture. The meeting also provided an opportunity to catch up on some research projects with Dimitri Nanopoulos and his students Joel Walker and Eric Mayes, which we hope will reach the research archive ere long.