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Dataviz Salon SF #1

Michael Driscoll of Dataspora invited a few people to a Dataviz Salon yesterday evening. Mike and I went along and huddled in a brick-built basement in SoMa to listen to the following:

Thanks to Michael for putting on a great event and getting everything together at such short notice. Hopefully there'll be another one soon!

Neologism of the Day: Overflowded

I joined up with many British ex-pats at Adaptive Path yesterday evening for Schulze & Webb's The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Interaction Design. Suffice to say, the talk was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable.

In the Q&A session at the end I was delighted to hear a slip of the tongue from one questioner*, asking about Continuous Partial Attention: he wondered whether there wasn't a risk of being overflowded with information. OVERFLOWDED? That's lovely!

Coming a close second for me, but first for Yoz, was uncertainun. It was a good word day.

Update:  It was Reto Laemmler of Xcellery, who writes "I'm not a Poet or Writer and rather a Swiss guy who hasn't mastered English very well yet."  No matter! I hope the road to mastering English is paved with words like overflowded.

Ask Later #2

Steve is organising another Ask Later talk session for Tuesday December 12th. Obviously, since I'll be in San Francisco I won't be there, but if you're in London you should definitely take a look, maybe even give a talk? The first one was lots of fun.

I've added an entry about it on Upcoming.org too.

Ask Later #1

Last night was our first technology-themed 20x20 talk night (20 slides, 20 seconds each).  Well done to Steve for getting it off the ground by organising the room and presiding over the slide collecting.  The final line-up was as follows:

As we waited for people to arrive, Paul Mison played a bit of live Electroplankton on his Nintendo DS on the big screen, which worked really well (naturally, since it's designed for performance).  I think we had about 30-40 people, plus speakers, and hopefully people enjoyed it enough that they'll come along again.  We'll be starting a mailing list soon, so leave a comment here if you'd like to be notified when it's ready.

NB:- though originally publicised as Techa Kucha Night, we changed the name to Ask Later.

Techa Kucha Night becomes Ask Later

To avoid collisions with Pecha Kucha Night's UK trademark, in the future we won't be calling our event Techa Kucha Night.  Nobody has specifically asked us to change, but a brief and civil exchange of emails with the London Pecha Kucha people has made it clear they'd rather we'd asked them first, which is fair enough. 

In honour of this, and of our preference for leaving question time to the pub afterwards, we've changed the name of the night to Ask Later.  I hope the topics remain sufficiently different between our night and the original architecture and design themed night so that there are no hard feelings.  I can thoroughly recommend you check out the original Pecha Kucha - the next one in London is at the ICA on August 30th.

Techa Kucha next Tuesday

Techa Kucha is shaping up nicely.  So far the confirmed speakers are: Steve Coast, Yoz Grahame, Tom Armitage, Ben Russell, Paul Hammond, Toxi, Simon Willison, Robert McKinnon, Alex McLean, Sean Varney, Jon Crowcroft and me. 

Full details are on the Upcoming page and on Steve's blog, but here's all you need to know:

Tuesday 25th July, 7pm, New Cavendish Street campus of Westminster University.  Entry is FREE.

There's still time to submit a talk if you'd like to join us. (Just get 20 slides of 20 seconds each to Steve by Monday night!)  Of course, you don't have to speak to attend.  This isn't like Fight Club...  Yet.

NB:- though originally publicised as Techa Kucha Night, we changed the name to Ask Later.

Why Wait?

Abstracts and attendees are now online for Why Wait?, a workshop being held at UCL next week.

Here's a summary of what I'm thinking about in this area:

There are several ways to manage a waiting process (e.g. numbered tickets at the cheese counter or single queues for multiple service points at the post office). These methods can be objectively measured; the effect on waiting times and processing rates can be quantified. But the effect on the experience of waiting is less objective and cannot easily be measured. How might we better understand these issues, in particular the perception of fairness, to design better waiting experiences that are optimal not only in their use of resources but also in their impact on the people who are waiting?

Nice to note that Dave Chatting will be attending. My brief conversation with Dave about our shared interest in time-based maps led to a couple of interesting posts on Computing for Emergent Architecture. It will be good to pick up that discussion again.

FAO Manchester. Futuresonic imminent!

Futuresonic 10In case you missed it down there, I'm headed to Futuresonic in Manchester this time next week. At least some of the time I'll be on a panel with Matt Webb and Stanislav Roudavski. The rest of the time I'll be hanging out trying to absorb hot flaming wisdoms from the fantastic line-up the festival team have put together for the Social Technologies Summit as a part of Urban Play. And hey, if you catch me in the right mood, I'll also be wearing my OpenGeoData hat from time to time and hanging out with Steve as he follows up Mapchester. See you there?

London Techa Kucha Night, 25th July

Enterprising chap that he is, Steve has booked a room at London Westminster University for what he's dubbed "Techa Kucha Night", a night of technology themed talks in the Pecha Kucha style* on Tuesday 25th July at 7pm.  Entry is free, which is a bonus.

See Steve's post for more details, and please consider volunteering to give a talk (you'll be in illustrious company) as well as coming along and enjoying the fun.  It should be a good night with a wide range of topics: basically, anything goes!

* that's 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, no more no less. A strict version of a lightning talk, if you will.

NB:- though originally publicised as Techa Kucha Night, we changed the name to Ask Later.

Reboot 8 and Pecha Kucha

I went to Reboot 8 at the beginning of the month. It was really stimulating, but a few bits of it fell flat for me (this post sums it up best). The impromptu Pecha Kucha session (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) has made a lasting impression though (they're all up on youtube now, but be sure to check the reboot8 wiki page for context - most were unrehearsed).

I find the idea of constrained presentation formats quite infectious (see also Kawasaki, Takahashi, etc.) and I'm really pleased to see Pecha Kucha is already well established in London. I went to the World's Largest Pecha Kucha on Sunday, where I learned a little bit about lots of things, was introduced to talents of the fabulous beat-boxing of Beardyman, and found that Pecha Kucha is actually pronounced more like p'chack-cha. Who knew?

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