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Post-chi wrap up

May 7, 2007

I recently made it back from the Chi Conference in sunny San Jose California. Even though my paper wasn’t accepted, I did get accepted as a student volunteer, and decided to go for some networking and to get out of Bloomington for a while.

I met some interesting folks from Attenex, and the Visual Communication Lab at IBM (many-eyes) that seemed to be in line with some of the stuff I’ve been up to recently.

The conference itself was pretty good, although I didn’t have as many “WOW” moments as I’ve had at previous Chi’s. Maybe folks are just saving up for next year (in Florence, Italy), or maybe I’m just getting old and jaded. The closing plenary, in particular, stood out as being pretty bad. It wouldn’t have been passable as an undergraduate seminar discussion, let alone the “coup de grâce” of an academic/professional research conference. I honestly hope that I’m missing something, because it was just crazy. Note to self: In the future, do NOT run a slideshow for more than 15 minutes!

However, there were some high points. Richie, myself, Paul, and Anelie (sp?) from Open University in Englanda invented our own drinking game using magnetic rocks, and I got to finally ride one of those ballyhooed segways that all the tech pundits love to poke fun at.

All in all, there’s too much to mention here, and it’s a welcome distraction from the all the tedium of my program and my other recent airline misfortune. It was also good seeing my old friends in their new “recent alum” status. I’m glad you talked your bosses into ponying up some cash for the trip!

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