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Thu 17 May 2007

MDIS talk on museum blogging

Category : meow

I was summoned by Shaun "Superman" Wong to share blogging stories with his class, and I trooped down with more Yesterday.sg kakis, Kenneth and Kevin.

Kenneth came over to the museum and got to see a typical scene of me putting together a frantic presentation a half-hour before leaving, because everything else got in the way of preparing a presentation earlier today! Lucky he was there, he helped by geting me water, carrying my field bag (booties and camera), making suggestions about insertion of slides and answering the phone and SMS'!

Kevin got a cab and picked up and Ivan could not make it but was mentioned during the talk for how much he rambled.

We three "boys" had some trouble in a cab - no one had written down the address and we found the only old timer driver who didn't know how to find Stirling Road. For awhile there I contemplated calling Robina in Beijing for directions but the driver, a cheerful, easy-going gem of a guy, cheerfully reversed out of one tight spot and eventually we managed found the charming campus.

Shalu, the enthusiastic lecturer, walked us to the classroom where we got setup and settled down for the class.

Kevin webcasts!

Kevin displayed his super-blogger prowess by having a mini-me lecture from his sidebar. If the network was faster, it woud have too difficult for any of us to resist and we'd have probably started dancing to make it interesting to an internet audience!

Update - photos from Kevin on his flickr album and his video on UStream.

I realised that when the video focuses on one person (the speaker in this case) it was visually boring. It would be super if he could do that during the launch of the International Museum Day tomorrow. Now that'd be really fun. I understand there is a bus tour in betweem and if he gets to wired destinations, that'd be cool!

Oh well, I will ask him to pass me a script - I will insert in Raffles Museum News at least!

Dawn rules and don't you forget it!

I paid homage to Dawn, the most prolific NGO blogger I know - for an explanation, see "Why Dawn Rules.". I challenged her once, foolishly, to a blogging race but she trounced me in the first few hours!

Links to blogs

Comment, comment, comment! Remember the wilting flower analogy!

Some things that were mentioned

Interestingy, Kenneth's recent post reflecting poor participation had us discuss this, erm, in his comments recently (09 May 2007).

Kevin's out of character but popular post is "Excuse me, I'm barely a model..." (14 May 2006).

And the story of how the Sinapore Art Museum blogged and reconciled everyone can be found in these two posts "Go ahead, sketch if you're inspired!" and the celebratory "SAM blogs on Yesterday.sg!".

And class, do take a look at these articles:

  • "The See-Through CEO." By Clive Thompson. Wired, Issue 15.04 - March 2007. Fire the publicist. Go off message. Let all your employees blab and blog. In the new world of radical transparency, the path to business success is clear.
  • "Operation Channel 9." By Fred Vogelstein. Wired, Issue 15.04 - March 2007. When five Microsoft guys started posting internal videos for the world to see, many at the famously secretive company freaked. And that was before thousands of in-house bloggers took to their keyboards. A dispatch from the front lines of transparency.

Anyway all this is moot, I had to promise to simply post pictures of my cats, so here goes:


Tiger gets groomed by Xylo and Mr Bats!


Mr Bats listening to the birds' dawn chorus.


Xylo could give Dracula a run for his money
- this is the chap from the mangroves - see "All about Xylo".


Tiger shamelessly asking for a back rub! See tiger turn to putty


Best time of the day! Fish will be served soon, sirs!

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