I just read Michael Still's blog post "That's one way of doing it..." and i have to agree with him it is kinda creepy (and sad) that the US is using a secret "hand shake" arrangement for submitting Teched papers.

Luckily in Australia we have not done it that way for as long as i have been involved (6 years).  As a matter of fact Michael Kleef and myself went to great pains to have the sessions selected by the readers of our blogs. So what is the mechanism this year?...right now it still in the formative stages with Andrew Coates  but you can rest assured we won't have a "Boys Club" only process.