The rules are:
1) Post these rules before you give your facts
2) List 8 random facts about yourself
3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them
4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged
Here are my “random facts”:
- The first digital culture community I participated in (when I was 14, I’m not giving the date) was the local CB radio group and my handle was UT102
- The first online community I participated in (in 1992) was a fan list for a hot new TV show called Melrose Place
- My favourite board game is scrabble but my family stopped playing with me because I would spent too long shuffling my tiles trying to get 7 letter words when it was my turn (yay for scrabulous!)
- I love drawing with compressed charcoal
- My grade 5 teacher told me I could be a writer one day
- My grade 9 English teacher told me I was too verbose
- I’ve always wanted to work overseas (anybody hiring?)
- Although I am shy with strangers, my close friends call me a drama queen
Oh dear… now who do I know who won’t hate me for tagging them with this? Do I have any volunteers? I always spread the nice memes and I’ve even happy to do the first part of this because people asked me to and I am very obliging. But I feel really instrusive asking people to join in given that this one is of the “oh no *groan*” variety.
Why stick to the rules? Let’s bend them a bit. I need 8 people to come back here and comment and tell me they would love to reply and link to the reply on their blog. I’ll give big kudos to you 8 people…..
Wonderful person #1 : Ailsa
Wonderful person #2: KJ
Wonderful person #3: Matt Skillen
Wonderful person #4:
Wonderful person #5:
Wonderful person #6:
Wonderful person #7:
Wonderful person # 8:
Tony Bennet and these images say it better than me!
Am home now, and have just woken up after 16 hours (!!!) of sleep – I was totally exhausted and barely slept for more than 4 hours a night over the past two and a bit weeks. The NMC conference was fantastic, the ECAR panel session went well although I was pretty run down by that stage from all the flying and lack of sleep and I barely made it through my section coherently (note to self: presenting at one conference per overseas trip might be all I can manage in future).
It was wonderful to meet so many people I had only known in Second Life previously (Larry, Heidi, Nick, Alan), and to catch up with a lovely colleague/friend I hadn’t seen for two years (Barbara). I also met the lovely Joanna, the wonderful Lyr Lobo (who has already invited me to a SL Renaissance-style party in SL!), Reuben, Craig, Intellagirl (who sat next to me on a SL panel and answered hundreds of questions so eloquently), and best of all, I met the FAMOUS Second Life artist, Stella Costello whose art work I have admired since starting in SL!!!! I met a whole lot of other new people (some who are coming out to Australia so I will see again soon!) and saw a lot of other famed SL personalities in the distance (but was too shy to intrude and say hello). I’ve forgotten everybody’s names – but I hope I will get more opportunities to speak to people in Second Life that said hello to me in passing at both conferences!
But the best part of my trip by far came at the very end when all the work had finished and I had a few days of R&R in San Francisco before flying back to Sydney. What a magical, gorgeous, fun and exciting city San Francisco is!!!! Plus I had *the* most amazing tour guide ever (my favourite mysterious blog commenter) who took me to absolutely every corner of the city and beyond (thank you DDD, in fact I really cannot thank you enough!!!!!).
I so totally fell in love with San Francisco – I didn’t think any city would rival Paris as my favourite, but SF would at least be on par if not better!!! I adored it!!
So, I am definitely planning to travel via SF to any other conference I ever go to in the US in future. And here are my tips for travelling and getting around in SF to remind me for next time – I’ll put this under the fold so as not to bore anybody! Continue reading
The major speaking event I have is the featured session at the NMC Summer Conference. I was specifically invited to speak about a “bit of everything” related to my research, so here’s the slides that accompany the talk. I hope I can arrange an audio stream to support the slides for the near future.
And here is the line-up for our panel session at the ECAR conference:
In parallel with my forthcoming book launch, Wired magazine will be dedicating a special issue to youth online!!!!
UPDATE: This is just a joke! Apologies to the people who thought it was real I thought it would be obvious but it’s a very kind compliment that some people thought it could really be possible. You can make your own Wired magazine cover here.
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