I ♥ my audience

Researchers concur: the fact that I feel guilty about not posting to my weblog means that I am aware of my audience. I wanted to say though that it’s much more than awareness, I really love you guys. All of you, even the ones I don’t know very well. Even Anil.

Instead of bemoaning my busy schedule and lamenting my lack of posts, I thought I’d give my readers an infographic and explaination of why I have lapsed from writing in the past year or so. So here it is:

Layers of Cam
Layers of Cam

There are four layers of activity in my life:

  • Responsibilities: blogdex, grad school, etc.
  • Necessary interaction: email, phone and IM with people who contact me
  • Nonessential communication: weblog, low threshold links and interaction I initiate
  • Leisure: Television, djing, etc.

Some people like to mash up everything on their plate and eat everything at once. I personally keep my dinner separate and distinct, and likewise I have a hard time allowing the outer layers of my life to exist if the core is not satisfied. Note the other half of the onion. That’s procrastination. It’s a mishmash of activities that would be fun except the existence of more central responsibilities makes them totally vapid.

You might be asking yourself why I all of a sudden have time to make infographics. Is it procrastination, or has he reached a sudden point of leisure? The answer is that for the past year I’ve had my general exams lingering over my head. Everything I’ve done for the past 12 months has been guarded by the fact that a huge hurdle of my graduate career was unfinished and collecting dust. Well last week this period of my life finally passed. I’m finally done.

I’m currently working through my inbox and I’m sure to be back on the blogwagon in a few days. Thank god!

Cubs Lose!! Cubs Lose!!

Harry Caray, lifetime Cubs supporter, alcoholicI’d like to raise my hand in a toast with Harry Caray: to the Cubbies, the only team able to lose back-to-back games with the heart of their pitching rotation, at home in Wrigley Field to give up their best chance at a World Series berth in fifty years.

Every year, come rain or shine I’ll support you despite the fact that you string me along again and again. You are truly the most difficult team to be a fan for, and being the massochists that we are, we love you for it. Thanks for another great season, probably the best ever.

Bottom’s up,
Cameron Marlow
Cubs fan for 20 years

AoIR Toronto

For the first time during my many-legged tour, the city of Toronto is the first to provide any level of connectivity, with an open network drop in my room, free wireless in a number of spots, and pay-for internet drops in nearly every hotel. So maybe it’s no Foocamp, but it sure beats the thick walls of Oxford.

And the payoff? For the first time in many weeks I get to talk to my peeps. Assuming that the Association of Internet Researchers conference is providing free wireless, I’ll be posting my notes somewhere in cyberspace. In the mean time, I think I’ll have me some Tim Hortons:

This sign elucidates a piece of the age-old quandry: what makes Canadians unique from Americans? In terms of cuisine, it seems to be the substitution of coffee for coke and donuts for french fries.

To my peeps…

You can always tell when I’m busy because my posts drop to nothing and my oddments slow to a trickle. Believe you me, I have good reason this time: between grant proposals, generals papers, talk preparations, travel arrangements and relationship issues, I’ve had a scant few minutes for my personal life. I did have time though to comb my hair most days.

About 40% of my work is done, and I’m currently on world tour. I’m going to make a concerted effort to share a bit of my travels along the way, so look out for posts from the following venues:

  • Oxford, London: One talk at the Oxford Internet Institute tomorrow, one at the BBCi on Friday and one at iSociety on Monday. Hopefully I’ll meet a few of my UK in London over the weekend.
  • California: Some much needed R&R plus a trip to the bay area to visit some friends
  • Toronto: The annual AOIR meeting. I’m speaking on a panel titled broadening the blog which covers quite a bit of territory about weblogs.

If you’re going to be at any of these events/areas, please let me know. I’d be ecstatic to run into a few people I didn’t expect to. Of course as soon as I get back to Boston I’ll be travelling as little as possible for a few months. I still haven’t recovered from being so crunk in the ATL.