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SVG Open 2003 Conference & Exhibition

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mood: satisfied
I'm writing from the SVG Open 2003 Conference and Exhibition. I presented a paper today and was told I did well, so it couldn't have been as bad as I thought =} I was so insanely nervous, starting from last night and this morning, especially when it was almost my time. But once I started talking and cracking the jokes, it was okay. People laughed at all my stupid jokes, it was great. =)

I actually worked in: "Okay, let's kick it up a notch! BAM!" It was one that I had in the back of my mind, but couldn't figure out where to fit it in. When I got there, it was so natural that I couldn't believe I didn't see that The Emeril just belonged there. And they loved it. =D

One of the keynote speakers was Tim Bray, the inventor of the XML language for the web; whom, of course, I have syndicated on LJ as timbray. He made a comment that the saying: "A picture is worth a thousand words" is right up there among the stupidest, most ridiculous quips ever written, in the history of humankind — case in point: The Gettysburg Address, The Tokyo Accord, etc. It was in the context of purposely "dumbing down" the internet content for novice users with the overabundance of pictures. He made an excellent point out of it, one with which I agree wholeheartedly.

But during my presentation, one of my points was: "It's widely accepted that humans are visual creatures and do much better with pictures rather than just words." And then in a dark ominous voice, I added "She says as she tip-toes very carefully around Tim Bray..." I got a laughtrack laugh out of it and one fellow even broke into applause. =)

Every time I do some public presentation, I get the inspiration to join Toastmasters again. I passed up the opportunity in University because, when you're not making any money, $50 sounds like a fortune. *sigh*

I nearly bailed on doing this paper. I was way overthinking it when all I was really expected to do was to introduce the ideas, do the demos, explain the shortfalls and how the solutions might be implemented. I thought I had to design and implement all the different parts. I was like, "uh, no way."

I scooted down to the Westin Bayshore Hotel yesterday in the afternoon to rehearse and work out details with my co-author. He's also the Technical Coordinator and co-author for a zillion other papers, so our rehearsal was extremely disjointed. But he joked before that he was just going to introduce me and then leave(!), and I wasn't sure if he was quite joking so I had practiced as if I were doing it on my own. It turned out well. There was one part where he tried to give me a crash lesson on something and I got most of it, but I wasn't comfortable enough to present it. I ended up handing over the floor to him for that part.

It worked out well. I had people telling me it was the most fun track in that time block. Indeed, one of the most fun tracks of the day. I heard people exclaiming its coolness behind my back which is, I think, the most sincere flattery. And tonight, Husband Guy and I are going to be on the dinner cruise. I was originally going to go with Friend Dude, but as it turned out, I could bring Husband Guy. =) This was the dinner cruise that I had picked out the black strapless gown for, but "casual attire" is printed on the ticket, so that whole outfit will have to be used for something else.

No worries though. S'all good. =)


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2003 03:28 pm (UTC)
HA! That tip-toe part is hilarious. Congrats on a job well done!
Jul. 15th, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
*bow* Thank you =)
Jul. 15th, 2003 04:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!!! :)
And whats stopping you from joining Toastmasters now?
Jul. 15th, 2003 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)

whats stopping you from joining Toastmasters now?

Time... energy... motivation... that kinda thing =}
Jul. 15th, 2003 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hey, congrats on the talk! I'm in awe - I've never had any talent at all for public speech, I'm always very impressed by people who can do it well.

Sort of disappointing that your profile was so short on the site. Was that your choice or do they just suck?
Jul. 15th, 2003 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)

I didn't write a bio for myself. I didn't really do anything impressive like some of the others, I don't have a research topic. I'm just me, black belt in Origami and I get my geek on once in a while =)
Jul. 16th, 2003 07:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations on kicking it up a notch!
Glad you had an excellent experience at public speaking! Sounds like all went smoothly. . .

Jul. 16th, 2003 08:36 am (UTC)
Re: Congratulations on kicking it up a notch!
Thanks =)

For me, when I do any sort of project that takes me outside of what I normally do, I'll know it was a really good experience if I keep thinking about it afterwards — what I could have done better or what I could do to fix it if I were to do it again.

So, in that respect, it was a great paper =)
Jul. 16th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
Re: Congratulations on kicking it up a notch!
Hey they laughed at your jokes - you were great! But I know what you mean, doing something that isn't normally within the scope of your job can be a exhilerating!

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