October 25th, 2006

coffee

Voice Post:

VoicePost
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“So, one of the interesting things about being at a conference is that after you have been seeing the same faces for three days, they all start looking familiar. When you see someone across the room that you think you recongize, you have to ask yourself is this is just somebody that I saw give a presentation? Or is this someone who happens to have been in a lot of presentations with me? Or is this someone that I'm actually supposed to know? Very awkward, especially if you're too far away to read their nametag.

Another interesting thing that I've learned, well something that I already knew, but really it's more a reminder than anything, is how very bad I am at schmoozing. There's almost nothing that I would rather not do than spend half an hour wandering around the exhibit hall trying to make eye contact or conversation with people that I've never met before. It doesn't come very naturally to me. I suppose it doesn't come very naturally to the rest of them either. Maybe they've just had more practice. I suppose that means that I need to go to more conferences so I'll get more practice. Maybe they'll send me to conferences in other places, that are farther away. That would be fun.

It's been a good conference. I'm glad I'm here. I'm looking forward to today's presentations, more social computing stuff. Including a session on wiki, which is something I don't know much about and I really want to learn more. So that should be good. But I'll be happy to home too. I'm glad that I'm leaving today. I'm still trying to decide whether to stay for the last speech and just skip out at 3:30. I think I will skip out on lunch. It's another reception in the exhibit hall.”

Transcribed by: luvmoose
cats - black kitty

Home yay

I met up T on the way back and we had a lovely dinner and it was very nice. Now I am at home on my own computer and with my own kitties playing with the cat fisher in the background and I am happy.

I did end up staying for the closing session and was glad I did. The topic was "Social Computing and the Information Professional" but she ended up talking about gaming. Librarian, computer scientist, important thinker... and World of Warcraft addict. She had lots of interesting things to say about incorporating games and gaming (not just video games, but game-style learning) into libraries and it was cool.

It turns out that the red sandals are excellent conference shoes. Comfortable for standing and walking, and also they catch people's attention. Maybe I should go hunting again for them in black.

I really really want to go play with wikis now.

I have a feeling that there are other things I wanted to say about the conference, but I'm blank right now. Maybe I will bore you all to death with my notes at some pont. ;)