Mapping the Visit

17 07 2007

Working with the planners for my visit, I have a tentative schedule of where I will be… and it seemed worthwhile to explore making using Google’s My Map to create a map with the stops marked. Using My Maps Plus, I am able to embed this into this blog (I hope).

I can continue to edit the map as details are firmed up, and eventually, each pin can be linked to photos, presentations, etc… Hmmm, I ought to assemble a workshop on how to do this!

Rats, does not allow use of the iframe tags, so I cannot insert the map here.. You will have to settle for a link to the map for now:

Vodpod- build video collections

12 07 2007

Almost by sheer accident- discovered following a tweet by Judy O’Connell to her web 2.0 presentation on Slideshare, that I came across this nifty new site, vodpod. Here you can create your own “pods” of video collections, and with their one click browser tools, you can create collections of web video from 1000s of different video sites, YouTube, Google, MySpace, just about anywhere that embeds flash video.

You can do some customization of your “pod”, have categories, tags, comments– and it provides a cut and paste method to embed a “widget” in a blog- see the sidebar here under the flickr images, showing the most recently added videos.

So I made my vodpod at

vodpod screen shot

In a few minutes I added some that were in my YouTube favorites collection, plus another from MySpace, and Google video.

This is perfect for the workshops I hope to do on web video, as it allows a place for participants to add to a common collection. Looking forward to playing with it a bit more. Great tool! Thanks, HeyJude!

The Original Being There

2 07 2007

I’ve been referring to a presentation I did for the first time in May 2007 for the Faculty Academy at the University of Mary Washington. I am thinking it might be a “theme” for presentations this October, with some things pulled out or inserted according to the interests the local organizers can share.

I wanted to see how the embedding from slideshare works with the code specified for

So one things I ought to find out- how familiar is the Australian crowd with the classic movie staring Peter Sellers (not the one with the same title that was a documentary about the Sydney Olympics?

A Brand Roo Email

2 07 2007

I’m getting old enough to say things like, “I can remember on the internet when all you needed was one email address…” or “I had to haul HTML 10 miles through the snow in bare code”.

But yes, to be nostalgic, I know back in the late 1980s I had a BITNET email address (forgotten) with the first internet one as (when I was a graduate student at Arizona State University). The funny thing about ASU is that in their ID system, I still have a relict user ID of AGAHL (go and hack away, my friends).

But I digress. For purposes of this trip, I have made a new Gmail account (I use one regularly for my CogDogBlog-ness and just about every other web service I sign up for. The great thing is I can send a Gmail invite for a free account to myself (at yet another email address on a personal domain), so know my contact for purposes of October in Australia is:

cogdogroo at gmail dot com

The neat thing about Gmail is I do not have to log in and out to deal with multiple accounts. In my new cogdogroo account, I can set it to forward all mail to my primary Gmail account, and in that one I can use the filters to easily segregate my messages.

Now, armed with a new Gmail account, I might be setting up even more accounts at my favorite web2.0 hangouts.

I’ve pretty much lost count at having about 8-12 different email addresses in some level of use.

Now, where is the sled? I have to haul some more tags across the tundra

The Mad Tour Schedule

1 07 2007

I am sure the planning of my visit has involved as much twists and turns as a Rubiks cube, but it is getting rather close to being finalized, with a kick off October 15 in either Tasmania or Melbourne, and then 2 insane weeks of city hopping for stops in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and Brisbane.

Yes, my druthers would have been what the original invitation was- a 5 week sojourn, but my time frame was limited by amount of leave available and some commitments on the home front.

So it is seeming like some sort of zany band tour, a different city for each gig. Not that I had any band playing experience beyond air guitar and daydreams (well a small taste was at the 2007 NMC Summer Conference when we rolled out for the second year a “jam” session). T-shirts are not on sale.

And at this point, I am starting in earnest to prep materials, and hats off to the colleagues Jen and Elisabeth in Tasmania for initiating a brainstorm over on my wiki site. It is always a large amount of educated (or lucky or unlucky) guesswork on prepping materials. It seems, a running theme will be a variation of the Being There presentation done originally for Faculty Academy, but aiming to tweak and customize portions for the different audiences. I think this can be a working theme for talking about the range of technologies and issues we have been working on so far. So it rings a bit more comfortably to me than titles with “2.0” in them.

But I am being asked for some of these stops for anywhere form 3-6 hours worth of stuff- not sure if that is “me” yet for filling the time, but if you know me, I don’t relish just presenting for long stretches. So I am looking at cooking up some participatory things these audiences could do, but its a bit of a void knowing who they are, what they want to learn, or think they can learn from me.  So anyone who wants to chime in for things I might aim for in terms of topics, or how to best get the right mix of range of audience (technology novices to expert??).

And while I am at it, anyone who is experienced with traveling light, please contact me! I typically travel with a smallish side bag I check, but I am hoping to go as light as possible for all of the insance connections I will be making.

Like the quote from The Bridge over the River Kwai, I am hearing that voice yelling Madness! Madness!