Bill Nye is green. :)
News from me in Chicago...
Bill Nye is green. :)
So with all of the work that I have to do these next few weeks, I've decided to make a policy of doing at least some little fun thing every day. A movie, a good dinner, a long run, just something to break up the insanity of work :)
I just got signed up for a whole lot of work to do these next few weeks on top of everything else I need to be doing. It's crazy and involves coding (which I haven't done for a while!) on a whole new platform I haven't ever used before. With a three week deadline.
As I read and prepare for a journal submission that I'm working on, I've come to realize just how much research has gone into technology that helps people meet other people, previously unknown to them, or get to know someone that they have just met. Which really makes me look around and wonder where all the research is on what really matters to most people, their long-lasting strong-tie social relationships. It's really amazing to me how little is out there on mediated communication with people we already care about.
Via Stacie, a fun quote from the TV show Big Bang Theory...
So when I was in Rome last week, I heard about these amazing places called "centro sociales" which are these crazy art/science/music places all over the city. People just take over random vacant buildings and turn them into these venues and some of them have been occupied for years now. They mount art exhibits, perform plays, have concerts with local music, build crazy things, etc. Basically like the definition of a place I'd want to spend my evening. Some of them have things called "hacklabs" which well, it's pretty much what you think - people hacking software, hardware, etc. One of the centers in Rome had a play called "(a + b)^3" which sounded quite excellent about (from what I could glean from the Italian) a couple that fall in love in a giant cube. But seeing that I don't really speak any Italian and some of these aren't exactly in the best areas of the city (places where there are lots of abandoned buildings), I thought it best to stay clear. I don't think I'd get much out of an Italian play :)
I made it back home late last night and it's so great to be back. It was a wonderful trip and I'm so glad that I took a few vacation days at the end to relax a bit in Rome. Rome was amazing and instead of going on and on about it, you can just see the pictures.
Those who know me know that I love food. And when I travel, I love finding really good vegan food wherever I go. This trip is no exception and I have the following recommendations:
I really love taking Eurostar trains. Power outlets at every seat, really nice seats with good back support, and they go up to 300 km/hour. You really can't beat that :)
The CHI conference in Florence was excellent as always. There's seriously no other event each year that I look forward to more than CHI. Fun friends from around the world getting together, thinking hard, eating good food, and just total intensity for 4 full days!