[EuroPython] Computers off during sessions.
Harald Armin Massa
ghum at gmx.net
Thu Jan 13 21:24:38 CET 2005
Michael Hudson schrieb:
> "Mikael Jansson (mailing lists)" <lists at mikael.jansson.be> writes:
>>I just talked to a friend who attended EP '04, and he wanted me to tell
>>you guys that there should be a sign or such telling people _not_ to
>>use their computers (check e-mail, irc, whatever) during sessions, as
>>it's highly annoying, and is very disrespectful.
>Well, I have on occasion used my computer to take notes.
Apart from "taking notes" I also used my computer to immediately google
up information concerning the spoken words.It gave me a TOTALLY new
learning experience; I was able to connect a lot of new information with
information I allready know. So in fact it put my *attentiveness *and my
digestion of the new information to a whole new level.
And especially to be able to download "dateutil.py" WHILE Anna was
talking, installing it and firing up PyCrust to IMMEDIATELY redo the
examples was a very fascinating learning experience.
As a speaker myself I am used to people reading newspaper, eating
sweats, doing all kind of stuff during my talk. If I do care, I have to
improve my presentation to wake them up. A very effective way is making
jokes, the second time the crowd is laughing out loud anybody gets
interesseted because NOBODY can stand to be left on the outside of laughing.
I also prefer people to use IRC or ICQ to chat than speaking, because
voices distract more than computers, esp. in a geeks event.
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