How to Kick Butt On a Panel

Guy offers some advice on how to kick butt on a panel:

Today I moderated a very good panel at a conference, and while this experience is fresh in my mind, I want to explain how to kick butt on a panel. At any given conference, there are about three keynote speakers and twenty five panelists, so the odds are much higher that you’ll be a panelist than a keynote speaker. Thus, I hope this entry appeals to a broader audience.

Note to self: Reread this before EclipseCon.

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Larry releases Bleezer blogging software

Larry Borsato announced today that Bleezer is shipping:

If you are a blogger, Bleezer will give you the ability to post to all of your blogs, regardless of what service you use, on any platform you want. The Bleezer website also has a blog so that you can keep up with new features and versions.

Larry has been cranking away on Bleezer over the past couple months. When Larry first told me about Bleezer in late November, I really wasn’t expecting very much. He’d been working on it for only a few weeks at that point, and it showed. I couldn’t even post an article to my blog with the first version I offered to beta test. But as we came through December, Larry got on a roll, fixing bugs and adding features faster than I could keep up. Before I knew it he’d tranformed Bleezer into a surprisingly capable blogging client.

Don’t get me wrong, Bleezer is still fairly bare-bones, but Larry has some big ideas for it, and at the rate he’s been going at it lately, I’m guessing they aren’t that far off.

If you like to give it a spin, you can download it for yourself from the Bleezer website.

Congratulations, Larry, on getting it out. And thanks for fun tool.

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The Next Pandemic Blog

The CBC has written a pseudoblog to accompany a docudrama that aired last night. They call it the next pandemic blog:

The Next Pandemic Blog is a fictional portrayal of a hypothetical pandemic of H5N1 avian influenza – from initial outbreak through mass transmission to global spread.

Although a blog in only the loosest sense of the word — the content is static and pre-written out into June 2006 by a fictitious character — it’s an interesting read.

Obviously this shouldn’t be confused with some of the CBC’s more serious ventures into the blogosphere.

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Conservative Cabinet of Rick Mercer’s Dreams

Rick Mercer has put together a rather humourous fantasy cabinet for the Conservative Party:

I have it on very good authority however that Stephen Harper is spending a lot of time playing the game these days. Word is the back room on the Harper bus resembles the woodshed from A Beautiful Mind; the walls are littered with the names of potential conservative cabinet ministers. Luckily my secret mole in the Tory Campaign (Tom Flannagan) has been taking photos of the notes with his hand held palm device and forwarding me the information on a daily basis. This is what the Tory Cabinet looks like so far.

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What’s Your Autism Quotient?

Out of curiosity, I took the autism spectrum quotient test that Steve Pavlina mentioned in today’s post. The result of the test is a score that indicates your level of autism:

  • 0-10: low
  • 11-22: average (most women score about 15, and most men score around 17)
  • 22-31: above average
  • 32-50: very high (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism score about 35
  • 50: maximum

I managed to score a 29, just three points away from the ‘very high’ category. Now I’ve always known that I’m an introvert, but that result came as a bit of a shock.

I guess I’d better find a Toastmasters’ club. And fast.

Drug buyers driving gun crime

CBC News:

Anyone who buys illegal drugs is contributing to the gun violence that is plaguing Toronto, the city’s police chief says.

Later in the story, police chief Bill Blair is quoted as saying,

“I think everybody who uses illegal drugs and gives money into these things bears some responsibility for the violence that’s taking place.”

I guess it’s safer for him to blame drug users than to blame the politicians who have created the black market with their outright ban on drugs.

The story goes on to say

As a result, Blair says part the police strategy to curb gun violence will be measures to cut off the demand for illegal drugs.

Cut off demand? Good luck with that.

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