Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Takk!

Thanks to the 50+ folks that showed up to the presentation yesterday. The place was packed to the back wall, and there were plenty of good questions and discussions afterward. I thought there would be 15-20 people, but the turnout was much better than expected. After the butterflies in my stomach settled, which was after everyone laughed at the Bjork picture instead of groaning, I had a great time. Of course, a big Thank You to Heida for setting it all up. I think the space was perfect, and the audience was very engaging, diverse, and friendly (even the guy with the mind-brain dichotomy questions - I love those discussions, but they can drag on for others, so I'm glad Heida cut it short when other folks started to glaze over).

Sorry about the accessibility problem at the location - the talk was held upstairs and there was no wheelchair access. When we found out about the issue Heida called several places to change locations and even a couple government departments to see if we could get some assistance, but it was too late. I am leaving tomorrow (the 7th) around 3pm, otherwise I would hold a second talk for those that couldn't attend, but at a more accessible location.

If anyone was unable to attend because of the access issue, catch me during the day today on the Reykjavik streets. I will be bouncing around town until around 8-9pm. Just look for the guy with messy/spikey hair wearing all black and dirty hiking boots, and carrying a laptop case and camera bag. I will also be at Babalu's (Babalú) around 7 or 8 (Skólavörðustígur 22a, city center), so email or reply to this post if you want to meet around then or later. Or earlier. I will check my email every hour or so today, so don't be afraid to just say, "Meet me at B5 at 6pm." If there are any conflicts, I'll pick a place and post it + email. Now that I think about it, Babalu's doesn't have wheelchair access either, but that is where my ride is picking me up. If you want to stop by and send someone up to grab me, please do so. If I am not there, I might have already been swept off to another location, so I will leave a note with the cashier if that happens.

I will possibly post the slides as PDFs, but want to clear it with the boss before I do. I know several people at CCP (makers of EVE Online) were unable to attend due to working late, so I'll see what I can work out. btw - CCP = Awesome work environment and friendly people.

Twas fun! Takk Fyrir!

5 comments:

black said...

Are you going to give another talk back in the U.S. or just stay in Iceland permanently? You should release some dates ahead of time.

Brandon King said...

Yeah, I should have a concert schedule and sell tickets, but hey, I do for my fans. You know how it is.

I'll show you a couple of the slides when I get back to PVD. I spend something crazy like 3 hours on one because I entered the "Powerpoint Zone" during one editing session...

black said...

The DNI World Tour!

"Where Brandon interfaces with your brain about brain-computer interfaces."

At the end you can bust open a "super-paper finale" and send us out with a bang.

Also: autographs.

Anonymous said...

hey Brandon
Takk fyrir the introduction into your work. We found it very interesting and you got us very interested in the subject. Anywho hope you had a nice flight home :)
Best of luck to you...
"shotgun" Helga and Einar

Brandon King said...

Helga! I was disappointed that we did not get to start any fights with strangers before I left. Maybe next time...

hehe...

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