July 18th, 2003

eLouai

The Hilarity of Me

weather: mainly sunny
outside: 24°C
mood: giggly
Rewind to Tuesday. Our conference passes have these ribbon things on them that say "Presenter", "Sponsor", "Session Chair", "Instructor", etc. depending on what you're doing. I had "Presenter" and "Sponsor".

Colleague Girl's conference pass didn't come with any ribbons. Apparently they had run out of the "Presenter" and "Sponsor" ones. She was miffed about this. But she noticed that the Registration Desk Lady was manhandling a stack of "Session Chair" ones. And she was a session chair, so she asked for one.

I somehow worked up the chutzpah to ask for a "Session Chair" one too, even though I wasn't chairing anything. My reasoning was "I'm sitting on a chair, in a session." Y'know... on a high from finishing my presentation; brain goes missing; letting me run wild; doing mildly stupid things and all that. It didn't really matter because with the "Sponsor" ribbon and the words "Gold Pass" branded onto my pass, I could really go anywhere I wanted. But, I had three ribbons; one undeserved.

Well, fair is fair and karma caught up to me. XD

This morning, Somewhat-Quasi-Sorta-Boss-Like Person* came to me and asked me if I could take over chairing a few sessions for him(!!!) He had something going on with two potential new clients... it's a Secret Fruit Company™ or something. He seemed happy, so I'm not worried.

I ended up earning my swindled ribbon afterall =D It was good because the two presentations I chaired were great and I stayed for the two Closing Keynotes.

As an aside, I know I'm supposed to be a geek — I'm a geek by profession — but what do I do at a Geek Gathering? I'm utterly fascinated by peoples' accents. It's an international, open conference. There are people from all over the world.

I'm walking around listening to people, the way they say things, the voice onset of their consonants, the phonemes they drop or replace, the way they do svarabhakti vowels, and trying to place where they're from, then looking at all the bios to check it or get more clues to piece it together.

I nearly pulled out a notepad and started working out the IPA for reference. One of the presenters I chaired for, deliberately changed the way he said "class". He's from the UK, so he says "kloss" in his conversations, but he suddenly changed it to the North American pronunciation: "clæss". Fascinating. O_O


* not to be confused with Kinda-Boss-ish-Like Person. There are six of them:

  • Somewhat-Quasi-Sorta-Boss-Like Person
  • Quasi-Maybe-Sometimes-Boss-ish Person
  • Semi-Quasi-Kinda-Boss-Figure-ish Person
  • Sometimes-Boss-But-Not-Quite Person
  • Not-Really-Boss-But-I'll-Buy-It Person
  • Not-Boss-But-Gives-Me-Money-So-I'll-Call-Her-Boss-Just-In-Case Person

But I only really pay attention to Guy-Who-Sometimes-Tells-Me-What-To-Do Person on a daily basis (but sometimes, I tell him what to do though, so who's who? I don't know...) and I talk to Kinda-Boss-ish-Like Person regularly but not daily.

And if you understood all that, then... there's no help for you, really >KD