One day I will learn to make travel arrangements for conferences more than two weeks in advance. Sadly, that day is not today.
Normally my logistical procrastination doesn't hurt too much. Most of the time I can find a room near the conference, cheaper than conference hotel rate (sometimes at the same hotel!) only a few days beforehand. Sometimes things don't work as planned, but that's still okay. For example, at SoCG this year, after my first reservation fell through, I ended up at the Sanctuary Bed and Breakfast in Greenwich Village, a lovely but spartan hostel run by The Interfaith League of Devotees, in the same building as their yoga studio and their vegetarian restaurant. (As you might guess, this is not a place for the faint of heart or narrow of mind. If you decide to stay there, reserve your room early; some of them are cramped.)
But not this time. After a few failed atempts to book a hotel in the same general neighborhood as the conference hotel, I eventually rolled the dice and invoked Priceline. After banging away there for several minutes, I ended up with something way the hell up in Ikebukuro, miles away from the conference, and more expensive than if I'd gone straight to that hotel's web site.
On the bright side, I guess we'll get to see a lot of the Tokyo subways. I like subways. Subways are cool. And Tokyo has two of them! And they don't talk to each other! Argh! I'm screwed!