Cycling, macintosh, natural history and life in Singapore - Archives
Tue 22 May 2007
That 15 mins presentation today
Category : Singapore Naturalist
Swamped with events, reports, projects, training, safety planning, smack downs and what not, I was at the end of my tether last night. I had just one last thing to do for the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium II - my 15 mins presentation.
Piece of cake.
Or so I thought.
Incredibly, I struggled.
I just couldn't summon the force. I talked to fellow speaker Adrian on the way home. Due to leave for India this Saturday, he too was frazzled. We worked on his ideas a bit but the central idea was missing. Still he was convinced he'd finish but knew I was going to indulge in last minute heroics. The typical botanist-zoologist divide.
I hadn't eaten and after a "yong tau fu" lunch with Gwen was starving. Instead I bathed and watched Kevin's video of his airport wait in its entirety and complained at Kenneth's blog about his lack of posts from Brunei.
This was the sort of classic displacement Alvin would find too familiar so I figured I'd best redirect my attention to something more constructive - I got buzzed by Kok Sheng about his Chek Jawa transect the next day and agreed with his choice of compass above GPS. Then Aaron in Berkeley arranged for a smack down on Friday. And I peeked in on registrations - and yeah, we were still receiving last minute signups!
So, as Ruo Yu and my twittering friends were told, I gave up. At 6am-ish this morning, and still stuck I resorted to methods and generated a script. As I started assembling the slides, there was just 90 mins before Oi Yee picked me up.
The morning rush
With my MacBook Pro is still in the shop, luckily some of my images and old presentations were in an external drive and the iBook was put through its paces. I also reached out to flickr for a couple of public domain images (will go thank them now).
At the Singapore Botanic Gardens venue, Raffles Museum volunteers and NParks staff had things under control, so I added and tweaked the Keynote a little more in between chatting with the troops.
I did final touches when Ben was speaking but he was just too funny so I decided I was finished and listened. Get this - Adrian was reviewing his slides in his handphone next to me, how cool is that?! And those were large images too! I remember he said something about some productivity bonus. How come we don't get those at the museum, huh?!
Of course it'd never make sense for me to own such a device because I usually finish my Keynote with one foot out the taxi, waiting for the change and receipt before sprinting off to the venue. In fact I lost the outer casing of my trusty 1GB iomega thumb drive when doing just that before the MDIS talk last week, dammit!
I was supposed to end things on a high. Would I be up to the task? Was my throat wet enough? Would the sequence flow? Would I make the transitions properly?
This audience must have been warmed up by Ben and Adrian. Our session was a relief after the fire and brimstone of the morning's reality duo of Geoff and Peter! Older and more clued in than my usual crowd, the audience even laughed at the innuendos. And when they saw the cute otter photos, they sighed.
I have another talk on Thursday. I shall resist the dramatics this time and prepare a day early.
I will, I will, I really will!
See symposium post on Raffles Museum News.