I'm now back in Canberra. The US trip was very enjoyable (apart from the indictment). I've been intending to post a few things related to activities along the way. For now, I'll link to photos and papers from the Bowling Green conference on physicalism. The conference was mostly devoted to the issue of how physicalism should be formulated: what is it to be a core physical property, and what relation does everything in the world need to bear to these for physicalism to be true? In my wrap-up talk (which won't be published elsewhere) I tried to give some perspective on the previous talks and (applying my favorite philosophical methodology) figure out which of these issues are terminological and which are substantive. The Powerpoint is here: 65,536 Definitions of Physicalism.
Update: See the discussion of the paper by Brian Weatherson and others here. Update 2: This has turned into a really interesting and helpful discussion (for me, at least) of terminological disputes and some underlying foundational issues. This is something I'm currently writing a paper on, so if anyone would like to follow up e.g. in the comments here or there, or by e-mail, feel free.