Still Interested

15Sep09

Before the second session (MC’d in this instance by James Bridle), Bubblino was introduced onto the stage and proceeded to blow bubbles into the audience when #interesting was mentioned on Twitter, which given the volume of bubbles produced was evidently often.

#09 Dominic Tinley talked about colour – particularly the colour violet and the difficulties in reproducing it, he also showed us what Radio 4 would look like in colour and managed to get away with using the phrase “pigment of your imagination”, which was admirable in itself. (Roo Reynold’s photo shows what happens when you try and take a picture of violet.)

#10 Andy Huntington took us on a tour of keyboard instruments, which baffled me a bit (on the whole I was less baffled than last year – not that I mind being baffled) and it seemingly also baffled Andy a bit too although he did confess that he was “very very tired”.

#11 Alice Taylor spoke about ‘merchants vs craftants’ and about how the two should be able to live together.

#12 Tim Duckett spent his time teaching us Morse Code using some peculiar phrases, (to help remember each letter’s individual code), and a host of joke shop ‘squeakers’.

[Tim's talk is now available to see on Slideshare here.]

#13 Mike Migurski talked about ‘People On Bikes / Streets On Paper’ and how a particular and much photocopied street map of San Francisco had turned into a kind of paper wiki through the various hand written updates added.

#14 Josie Fraser then moved onto something completely different with her talk on ‘Psychological violence in UK 70s and 80s girls comics’. She spoke about the change from comics as conduct literature (ie with content intended to inform regarding acceptable conduct) to the oddly psychologically violent stories featured in such comics as Misty – the example of which featured the memorable headline “It can be dangerous to mock a monkey ! Kitty found that out . . . too late!”. Would have been happy for Josie to talk (much) more but as there were still twenty five plus speakers to go we moved on.

[The notes from Josie's talk can be found here.]

#015 Dan Maier then introduced us to Sir Francis Galton – which for me was one the highlights of the day. If you’re not au fait with the work of Sir Francis (like me) then I can tell you that he was responsible / involved in the development of fingerprint classification, weather maps, standard deviation in statistics and the dog whistle. He was also responsible for a book entitled ‘The Art of Travel’, in which he expressed his thoughts on ‘Africa for the Chinese’ (“one of the 5 most racist things I’ve ever read”, according to Dan) and how to ensure returning home with jewels purchased on one’s travels (by it seems cutting the skin, placing the jewel into the wound and then allowing the skin to heal over it . . . ). He was also responsible for some research titled ‘Arithmetic by Smell’, which strangely (and in many ways disappointingly) never really caught on.

#16 Asi Sharabi spoke about work he’s been involved in with children and proceeded to show us a selection of drawings completed by them when asked to draw something interesting.

#17 Meg Pickard then took us (perhaps appropriately for some) up to lunch by telling us about drinking rituals, the associated customs and the many commonly used phrases that derive from this area including it seems small beer, rule of thumb, butler and chin chin (ask me and I’ll explain them all).

Notes From Session #03 Coming Soon (by the way please forgive the terrible pictures – if you search through flickr almost every other photo of Interesting09 is better – not sure what went wrong really !)



5 Responses to “Still Interested”

  1. An exhaustive write up. Thanks. Sorry for baffling! I also learned a lot during the day, including that speaking to a room full of people isn’t a great idea following trying to negotiate your way our of India following a cancelled flight the night before. Still, it was fun!

  2. 2 danielweiresq

    It was fun and please don’t be offended I think part of the point of Interesting is to be baffled – to have one’s mind stretched / questioned / confused. There’s always a number of talks / presentations that I lose the thread on but hey . . . you got up their and did it and that’s the point. Thanks for getting up on stage and thanks for stopping by . . .

    DW x


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