Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Almost Forgotten Highlights

I would like to think that very little exciting happened last week, because I don't really remember it.

I did get to have lunch with NP at the Refectory and that was probably the highlight of the weekdays. We didn't get to eat outside on an exceedingly warm day for March, but it was still fun.

I'm also chair of the sponsors and door prizes committee for the annual CIT Showcase, so I've been collecting door prizes and I got my first gift certificate, which was donated by Taverna Nikos. That was extremely exciting. Maybe that was the highlight.

I also went to the Visualization Forum on Friday and saw an interesting presentation by Michael Nitsche, from Georgia Tech. The idea was to enhance educational content putting it the 3D world of a game. I would be interested to know whether or not it truly engages students and whether it is more or less effective than traditional methods. In any case, it certainly looks cool. That, too, was a highlight.

My weekend was certainly busy. Friday night, I had dinner with AE and GM at Chai's, followed by yet another pleasant evening at Shade Tree Coffee. They were incredibly busy, which was great. It was a little hard to hear, but I'm very happy that they are doing well. We talked about toilet paper and neutrinos. ..among other things, of course.

Saturday, I went to visit FIFO.

That night, AE and GM came over to watch Duke vs UNC game. It's the process that's important. It was sad that Duke lost, but I enjoyed watching it, at least most of it. I was playing my guitar during part of it and trying to provide a soundtrack. I need to learn more 7 chords to convey angst. I made tuna salad for dinner and that turned out well.

Sunday, I headed over to GM's to watch live-action Tick episodes and a Pink Panther episode with GM and AE. JH came over and we went to Cracker Barrel. JH told us about TiddlyWiki, which I think has enormous potential. It's a wiki contained within a file, which uses things like javascript to provide the functionality. It was apparently written up in Make. I need to see if I can borrow that magazine from my dad occasionally.

Some of you may be wondering about the welfare of my injured van. Well, I took it in for an estimate last week, but it can't be worked on until the end of this month. Meanwhile, my dad's temporary fix using epoxy and coathangers seems to be doing the trick.

Ok, so maybe I do remember last week.