September 13, 2005

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ACM training again

I saw a poster for the ACM programming tryouts. I'm really rusty, but it would be good for me to find other geeks and learn from them. =) Besides, I'm curious about their training. Will I qualify, though? I'm not sure if my one class in an MAEd counts. I need less than 5 years of post-secondary studies. Ack, ack, ack.

It'll be fun to go anyway. =)

Presentation insights from science competitions

On community.lifehack.org: presentation tips from a science fair competitor. Makes me wish I'd gotten into the science fair circuit!

I've given many presentations on topics like wearable computing, embedded computing, Linux in education, and personal information management. I used to think, "Oh no, they want me to talk about wearable computing again?!" Then I realized that the more I talked about something, the more comfortable I became with the topic, and the more I could connect with a large audience. I started telling stories and showing comics, and presenting became tons of fun.

I think I should hook up with a few other Toastmasters clubs so that I can give the same speech to many different audiences. It's good practice for me, and a whole lot of fun.