27 Mar 2001 duncanm   » (Master)


I'm back. It was warm and spring-like yesterday and today it started to snow this afternoon. It's snowing and raining and windy. The sky is spewing down nasty grey stuff. Ugh.


Ugh, my head hurts. and I'm not sleeping right.

Edward Tufte

Went to the first one day course taught by the famous design guru Edward Tufte (the site is not up yet). Most brilliant. Got his three books (he said a fourth one is on its way) and 3 posters (one free from class, one I got as a gift from Peter, the organizer and I also bought the cool annotated Russian cyclotron (sp) poster.)

Professor Tufte's lecture was great. His 12 tips on how to give good presentations point out a lof of common flaws in the common "Bullet points and powerpoint"

presentations. He said he didn't remember saying, "Absolute power corrupts, Absolute Powerpoint corrupts absolutely", but he said it could just be a punchline he made up on the spot during one of his lectures.

Took a photo with him on my new disposible camera. Will scan and post it online when I get the film developed.

Also took some notes during the class, I might put some of them online at some point.

Despite the nasty weather and my headache, all of that made me very happy.


Didn't get into McGill, bummer.

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