but apart from that...
I have decided that 26B is the optimal seat on BA 777s. Row 26 is the exit row at the front of veal class so there is plenty of leg room. 26A is by the exit door so you are slightly constrained as to where you put your feed, whereas if you stretch your feet out in 26C you will trip up the stewards.
Having had 26C on the way to the US, I asked for 26B on the way back, which I got, but in the event the guys with 26A and 26C were travelling together and asked if I would swap so I got the window seat. I said to them that there was a bylaw that those 3 seats were reserved for computer related people, they chuckled. I didn't talk to the 2 other guys on the way out but it seemed likely, and these 2 were brandishing papers about robots and haptic interfaces and one had a briefcase / laptop bag with the IEEE Computer Society logo on it. From their comments to each other about the vote of no confidence in the Harvard President, they must have been at Harvard. I would guess professor and post-doc. The younger guy, with inevitable iPod, was one of these people where if you had to describe their ethnic group you would have to say 'geek' (it's the same with fans, there is something about fans which can completely dominate the ethnic group, somehow).
Aargh, talking seat numbers. Must. Shoot. Self.