We spent a long weekend cycling in Sardinia. Going all around the north coast. In total we cycled 360km.
The route started in Alghero and went over 4 days as follows:
From Alghero via Porto Torres to Castelsardo
From Castelsardo to Santa Teresa
From Santa Teresa to Perfugas
From Perfugas via Sassari back to Alghero
In addition we brought a Rollei Youngstar action cam and edited some of the footage in some music. All put underneath the lush vibes of Trashbat’s Dreaming of Fiji off of his Mindstep release Hanako. Check it out!
Our editorial staff had a small teambuilding holidays in Marseille. It was pretty good but we did not do too much. The flight was 10 euros for a return flight, so we decided to go there. We stayed for 2 days and saw the neighborhood built by Marseille’s architect Le CorbusierÂ which was pretty awesome. A lot of concrete buildings with non-concrete shapes I guess. I don’t know too much about architecture, but I still took a number of pictures and pretended to be amazed.Â
For the rest we did typical French stuff, like eating bread with cheese, drinking wine and walking around. Marseille was a decent thing to do and our team is built again. Check out the picturesÂ if you want.
Wow, this has been a crazy week. So much information to process, people to meet, pictures to take.
Lectures and courses
I’ve been following so many lectures on so many papers. It’s been crazy. Subjects ranged from “A comparison between Heuristics Evalutation Methods” to “User Research using Mechanical Turk”. I’ve been trying to attend to a lot of usability lectures, some of which were really interesting and some of which were plain bad. It was nice to see the difference between academic work and corporate work.
On the general however, it’s just like school. A lot of people sitting and listening to a lecture. Some people taking notes on paper, some taking notes on their macbook pros and some just taking pictures of the projected slides. Continue reading “the end of CHI”
Well… a conference. What the hell is something like that supposed to be like?
I had an extensive preparation prior to getting in Florence that consisted of booking a flight, getting accomodation and partying the night before departure with crazy exchange students in Eindhoven. Needless to say, the first day in Florence was hectic.
I did make it to the apartment yesterday quite effortlesly (somewhat to my surprise). I did however completely misunderstood Karolien’s Belgian accent for Italian, which lead to me speaking English to someone who’s talking Dutch to me. And while writing this, I realize I haven’t explained that to her yet… But the apartment is way too nice for a shitty student like myself. I’m there together with 3 phd students from my faculty, who I don’t know that well. I think that this might be different when the week is over. I’ve got my own bedroom, with nice kingsize bed. And I’ve got my own bathroom, with bidet. We’re sharing a living room and kitchen, together with the conversations and thoughts that come naturally. Continue reading “CHI – day 1”