Headlines for Friday:



1. Summit was absolutely fantastic!: 02:46

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The panel was _really_ fun. Well, it wasn't really run as a panel, but more as a set of quick presentations. I think I amused everyone with my eagerness to speak. <laugh> My voice was hoarse from nervousness - so much for Toastmasters! - but I survived my presentation. I was thrilled to hear my key thought (usability isn't just about the interface - we also have to tell stories!) reiterated during the breakout session and other stuff.

And of course the entire summit was _tons_ and tons of fun! The researcher in charge of the project I'm working on very, very helpfully gave me tons of ideas for my thesis. The organizers hugged me and thanked me for being there. People are looking out for me and helping me... Wow!

Happy, happy girl.

Random Japanese sentence: ネコが車の下から出てきた。 A cat got out from under the car.

2. Welcome to the world, Daniel Karl Johnston!: 02:50

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Best wishes to Daniel Karl Johnston, the newborn son of Douglas Johnston, totally awesome guy in charge of D*I*Y Planner. I'm sure Daniel Karl will be making ultracool organizer templates in no time! ;)

(If you want cool stuff for paper-based productivity, you _must_ check out D*I*Y Planner. The ads are sometimes useful, too...)

Random Japanese sentence: 台所からその猫を追い出してくれ。 Chase the cat from the kitchen.

3. Wireless presentation remote: 03:05

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In response to my wishful thinking about a presenter's mouse, Chris League wrote:

<blockquote> If I may be so bold, THIS is what you want: http://tinyurl.com/qg7e2

A wireless presentation remote and laser pointer in a very conveniently-sized gadget. I don't go anywhere without it, just in case I have to give an impromptu presentation. :)

I've seen people use wireless mouse instead, and it always looks awkward, balancing it in your palm, or on a table top where you have to come back to it if you're on the other side of the room. </blockquote>

That is _exactly_ what I need! =D I'm going to look for it locally and buy one!

Check out Chris' blog, too. Totally awesome!

<blockquote> Today (Monday, actually) was the start of the 2006 LIU Teaching with Technology Institute. Unlike many professors, I of course have no problem adapting to new technologies, since I basically invent new technologies for a living. But the reason I like participating in this — and other workshops sponsored by our Teaching and Learning Initiative — is that it's great to get together with other passionate profs to talk about teaching. Or, more accurately, about "creating effective learning environments." Or, more pretentiously, about 'pedagogy.' </blockquote>

Way cool!

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Random Japanese sentence: 小雨のときは、傘は役に立つが、土砂降りのときは、ほとんど役に立たない。 An umbrella is useful in a mild rain, but when it rains cats and dogs an umbrella is of little help.

4. Rube Goldberg: 03:06

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For all you Rube Goldberg fans and other people who like incredible machines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5nmspVOz_Y .

Link from Marcelle Fabie, who's more of a geek than he likes to admit. ;)

Random Japanese sentence: かわいそうにその猫は餓死寸前だった。 The poor cat was on the verge of starvation.