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Don’t shush me, I’m tweeting the speaker

Don’t shush me, I’m tweeting the speaker

(The title is a play on librarian cliches and stereotypes, and on the worst book title in the field of games in education) A better title is Dealing with Bunheads. Twitter has been around for over six years. Other forms of social media have been around longer. Phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices where you can type while sitting at a presentation, seminar, workshop, conference or other event, have been around for many years, decades. And emails, mailing lists, usenet…

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In America, academics knit

In America, academics knit

I’ve presented at two conferences on this trip, and knitting has become an unexpected thing to observe. The #IL2008 closed with a presentation by Liz Lawley. I’ve seen four of her presentations to date and she’s right – they’re always completely different. Plus entertaining, and useful in terms of knowing what leftfield technologies and gadgets are worth investigating. Anyway, Liz mentioned that she knits … during academic board meetings. She carries on knitting, and staff know when she is going…

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Outside, it’s America…

Outside, it’s America…

There was this moment, about 10:30am this morning. I was in our joint presentation; my co-speaker had the brilliant idea of awarding cash prizes to people who could identify the Nintendo games in her part. To speed things up, I started to throw dollar bills at people who came up with the right answers, like some kind of Las Vegas pimp on a night out in a joint on the strip. Outside the building, long lines of people are waiting…

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America time, British time, Obama time

America time, British time, Obama time

In Chicago, and the city seems different from when I was here last summer. Not surprising, as in a few days (though we aren’t sure when), one of its own may become president. Or will lose. Whatever happens, I get the feeling that Chicago will be very busy. Unfortunately, if he loses, for the wrong reasons. A hasty retreat onto a plane may not be possible as (a) flights are very busy out of the US next week and (b)…

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GLLS2008 food

GLLS2008 food

Anthony’s Italian Chop House in the Doubletree Hotel. Head right when entering the hotel and keep going. Warning to GLLS2008 delegates – food here good but v high calorie. Currently twittering and eating cannelloni there: That’s complimentary olive oil soaked parmesan cheese on the right, which complements the cheese-stuffed cannelloni. Shopping mall across the street in case need to buy elasticated or larger trousers :-( Which is where I’m  going now. Foxes Bar (near to reception) is loud sports bar but looks good place…

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Whitefish to Chicago by Amtrak

Whitefish to Chicago by Amtrak

Miles travelled on trip so far: 10,186. Planes: 3. Trains: 11. Buses: 14. Taxis: 7. Car trips: 6. A train ride of 32 hours, not far from much of the USA to Canada border, brings me to Chicago. Montana is one of the most scenic places I’ve stayed in. The nickname “Big Sky Country” fits the state perfectly as the horizons seem to fall away, leaving a huge expanse of blue. Always blue. The last time I experienced rain was…

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Election day events in Chicago

Election day events in Chicago

Good afternoon. This is for people attending GLLS2008 – the ALA Gaming, Learning and Libraries Symposium – in Chicago on November 2nd to 4th. You may have noticed that your government inconveniently decided to call an election on the last day of the conference. Such bad manners. Like other people, I’m curious to (a) see how you Americans “vote” since you decided to “do your own thing” in 1776 (you’re welcome back once you realise the error of your ways)…

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Monterey aquarium

Monterey aquarium

With IL2008 over, and it being good to have the first presentation of this trip done, this morning I hit the world-famous aquarium in Monterey with a couple of other delegates. I’d heard a lot about this place, to the extent I was getting a bit fed up with it, but as I have most of a day before my train to Seattle it seems a logical place to check out. The admission fee isn’t cheap – $24.95 – which is blimey UK prices….

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Sleepless in Monterey

Sleepless in Monterey

Well, not quite, though the jetlag has not entirely gone and I have strange panda-like eyes now. I guess I should blog a bit, especially as my badge has a “blogger” appendage to it. So I’m here at the Internet Librarian 2008 event, or IL2008 as it’s Web-2.0-known. Monterey, on first look, is a bit of a sleepy place (compared to in-your-face LA) and pseudo-Mexican (there’s probably a proper word for it) in style. The conference centre has air conditioning…

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