Thursday, June 14, 2007

And The Morning and the Evening were the first day.



Despite some bad weather on the east coast delaying more than a few flights, plenty of DSNA conference attendees were in Hyde Park on Wednesday to register, to take in the sights, and to attend the opening reception at the Oriental Institute.

Quite a few attendees also toured the nearby Robie House. Even the board meeting broke up in time for the board to go on the tour, as well.

Many thanks, already, to our incredibly efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable first-day volunteers, Rozenn, Kathleen, Jane, and Diana, and to the Oriental Institute for having us as their guests!

[Picture of a lamassu, above, in the Oriental Institute, from Princes Milady's Flickr stream.]

Also, if anyone is blogging this conference (besides me), if you can use the tag "dsna2007" for your posts and images, we'll be able to find them all later for the newsletter, etc.

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Blogger Sally Tobias said...

dsna-chicago
lexomania
lives!

Hi, Erin, et al-
I'm not sure how to use blogs, etc.
But I just wanted to thank everyone at the conference--from the organizer/s, hosts, and volunteers to the members, contributors, and presenters--I had a wonderful time.

I was surprised and heartened by the welcome given to newbies.

It was the best decision I've made in a long time to attend.

It was a blast!
lexomania lives.

Clare Conway

p.s. I think that this should have been a post, rather than a comment; I'm a blog newbie as well.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Clare Conway said...

dsna-chicago
I'm not really Sally Tobias, I'm Clare Conway.
Sorry about that--I forgot that I created an alias (short-lived) on g-mail for an internship at a web start-up a few months ago.

I'm somewhat paranoid about using the web this way, so I've been cautious. Really a triple caution-- privacy concerns, concerns about the seeming immortality of anything posted on the web, and concerns about the audience.

In other words: general identity vulnerability (such as identity theft and safety concerns); not wanting to sound stupid forever, to regret anything I've posted, to not express myself clearly enough; and the audience who would surely pick up on misspellings and mis-usage of the language.

So perhaps I should throw these 3 cautions to the winds (4), and: not worry about bad things happening to good bloggers; write whatever I feel at the moment; and not over-compose.

However, this would make me less than composed and so any web-posts or other exposed internet usage will probably be not numerous, and will take me a long time to self-edit.

So the 4th caution-to-the-wind would be to not under-estimate my possible readers in their already-demonstrated kindness, and to not think that anything I have to say would deserve that kind of close scrutiny.

Believe you'll understand and look past any misssteps.

This, of course, is also a generational issue. The comfort level, generally speaking, of someone not-born-when-computers-were-in-common -use (is there a word for that?)is lower than for someone-who-grew-up-when-they-were-in common-use(is there a word for that?). Unless you are a techie at heart.

So, my apologia. for not being, or probably becoming, a fluid and frequent contributor. And my apologies for being long-winded. It seems I can't avoid it.

I wonder if there are other potential users who share this shyness and caution? And how to overcome it or find ways for them--esteemed members and others--to participate more broadly?

What is the bridge so that we don't lose their wisdom, insight, and sense of humor? If it is bad for me, it is bad for the generation before me.("more bad" "me bad" anyone?)

Thanks Erin, and others, who have done so much to bridge that gap and bring us together. And to extend the joy of lexomania to others- or to bring lexomaniacs together.

Clare Conway

4:54 PM  
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