September 12, 2006

Technical hitches with presentations

Since the last entry, colleagues have been kind enough to remind me of previous technical problems I’ve had with presentations at conferences. Somehow I’ve been able to suppress the memories of these, but they seem to be fixed in others people’s minds. The thing is, the publications list doesn’t really cover the essentials. for example nowhere in:

Childs, M., and Dalziel, C. (2000) ‘Supporting Staff in the delivery of Technology supported learning at the University of Wolverhampton’, 7th International ALT Conference on Integrating Learning Technology, UMIST, Tuesday 12th September 2000

does it say: Mark accidentally dipped his conference badge in his chocolate gateau at lunch which then smeared all over his shirt so that he had to wear the only item of clothing he could buy on campus for the presentation (a UMIST sweatshirt)

or in Childs, M. (2006) ‘Opening Address’ 6th International DIVERSE conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, 5th July 2006

does it say: Mark dyed a friend’s hair the weekend before and got the dye on his hands which wore off his skin but not his fingernails, resulting in an effect that looked like pink nail varnish which wouldn’t come off. That actually stayed on for weeks, eventually I had to scour off the top layer of my nails with sandpaper.

If only I had the usual hassles to contend with, like data projectors not working or Internet connections failing …


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