I’m on the SuperShuttle to SFO. It’s the middle of the night– I got about 90 minutes serious sleep before I had to get up and get ready for the ride– and I’m now on my way to Canada and South Africa.

First I’m in Waterloo, Canada for three nights, attending a conference on science in the 21st century at the Perimeter Institute; then I’l be in Johannesburg from the 12th to the 14th for the International Association of Science Parks annual meeting.

I’m doing workshops at both of them, and both promise to be very interesting events. And I’ve never been to Africa, so it’ll be interesting to see even the little bit of South Africa that I’ll see from the conference.

However, no matter how cool the journey, 3:30 a.m. is a brutal time to start it.