Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Back of the room!

More and more tips are starting to include the suggestion that people with Alphasmarts/Neos sit in the back of the room for workshops as they seem oblivious to how maniacal, distracting, and loud their typing can be.

I own an AS myself, and it is very hard to type quietly when using one. I blogged during workshops last year in Atlanta on my laptop and used the technique of slow, soft key pressure to minimize the clacking. I didn't get any dirty looks that I noticed, but it might have been because I look down to type. :)

What do you think? Should anyone typing sit in the back? I can envision there being a power ghetto like I see at tech conferences where all the bloggers clump around the power strips.
CC-licensed photo via Flickr: here


At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Alison Strobel Morrow said...

Hey Jude! Thanks for visiting my blog. Gosh, I wish I was attending the conference. I'll be attending the Rita Award Ceremony on Saturday night, but that's all. Does that count? :) I'm guessing not. Anyway, maybe in the future I'll be able to make it, but with a toddler who's never been separated from me for over 12 hours, coming just to the ceremony was as much time as I felt comfortable spending away from her. Hope you have fun at the conference!

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 11:45:00 AM, Blogger Jude said...

Hey Alison -- it counts if you intent to post about it/take pics, etc.

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 3:44:00 PM, Blogger Diana Castilleja said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I didn't even know of this one! Too cool! I'm hoping to have plenty of pics and since this will be my first one, probably too much to say that will make sense! LOL

See you at the other end.

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 3:55:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Hey Diana:

Make sure you join Flickr (it's free), so you can share all your photos!

I look forward to all your first-time happy burblings. :)

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 4:46:00 PM, Blogger Carol B. said...

The Alphies don't bother me. Maybe because I own one. But I have a keyboard cover, so I think mine may be quieter.

I was looking at your 2006 Nat'l pics - the 3 women w/the caption: 'First three women to line up at central doors for ballroom before awards ceremony'? Those are my chapter mates in GRW: from L-R, Darcy Crowder, Brenna Crowder, and Susan May.

Have a great conference!

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 4:49:00 PM, Blogger Carol B. said...

Oh, hey, I just remembered that my friend Randy is blogging from the conference.
Randy Writes Romance

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 5:07:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Hey Carol -- Thanks for putting names to faces on that Atlanta 2006 pic, and for the tip on Randy (I remember her from last year's blogroll). I added her to the list.

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 5:18:00 PM, Blogger Lynn said...

Jude - I left a comment... somewhere, but wanted say thanks for finding my blog. I can't believe you did. Anyway, I do plan to blog every night when I get home. I'm driving in each day.

I plan to start Sunday because I'm going to help stuff grab bags (I think) at the Hyatt. I hear it's back breaking, so I'll blog about the broken back and wonder if I can make it the rest of the week.

Thanks again for the link up. I can't wait to read what everyone else has to say.

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 5:37:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Hey Lynn! The ways of Google are mysterious. :) It will be fun to hear about your volunteer stint -- I can absolutely imagine that the grab bag stuffing will require heroism and plenty of aspirin!

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 5:39:00 PM, Blogger Jill James said...

Jude, thanks for finding my blog. Color me surprised. LOL

I would imagine a bunch of keyboards would be noisy. I'll be paper and penning it myself.

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 5:41:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Welcome Jill! I found your blog through a keyword search (rwa, dallas) using Google Blog Search. Google sees all, knows all (or at least a lot!) :)

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 5:59:00 PM, Blogger Mel Francis said...

Hey Jude! Great to see you back at this again!

AS are annoying in the workshops. All you hear is click, click, click....very distracting.

My suggestion is, leave the alphasmarts to writing and either pen/pad your note taking or just do like I do and listen while you're there and buy the workshop cds afterwards.

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 7:24:00 PM, Blogger Julie S said...

I'm so glad this blog is active again this year! Last year, when I didn't attend Nationals, it was my lifeline.

I will be attending this year, and if the technology works in my favor, I plan to blog. Could you add me? http://juliescott.blogspot.com

And yeah, I'm thinking multiple alphies going at once would be a bit distracting...I guess I'll find out!

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 7:56:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Hey Mel!

Hey Julie -- I added your blog, so glad you can attend this year. Looks like there is a great lineup of workshops.

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 10:25:00 PM, Blogger Beth Ciotta said...

I apologize for posting here like this, but couldn't find a direct email link, Jude. In answer to your queston, yes. I'll blog about networking at RWA. First post up.

By the by, I want an Alphasmart!

:) Beth

At Tuesday, July 03, 2007 10:32:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Hey Beth! Posting in the comments is perfect -- I will look for your posts!

At Thursday, July 05, 2007 5:29:00 PM, Anonymous Rosemary Clement-Moore said...

Hi Jude! Thanks for adding my blog. This is very cool, and I'm passing the world for what it's worth.

To actually answer your question... because I'm literal that way ...even if you type quietly on an AlphaSmart, that might be a relative thing. It doesn't take much to distract some people. And since the person who is easily distracted may be the speaker, I think it's more courteous to err on the side of caution and sit in the back of the room.

That's my two cents!

At Thursday, July 05, 2007 5:30:00 PM, Anonymous Rosemary Clement-Moore said...

Um... passing the *word*.

Must proofread comments. /mutter

At Saturday, July 07, 2007 6:35:00 PM, Blogger Jude said...

You're so cute when you're literal! :)


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