St. Paul Pioneer Press | 04/04/2005 | Plans to replace bridge languish - unfortunately, I never had the chance to walk or bike across the old bridge; it was closed by the time I last made it down there, and the time before that was the middle of the night when I was house-hunting in the Bloomington area (in 1996/7) and I figured it wasn't a good idea to go strolling across an old river bridge alone when nobody even knew where I was. Still probably for the best, but it's too bad I missed my chance -- it's a really neat bridge!
In his latest podcast ( Blogarithms IT Conversations News: August 14, 2005 ), Doug Kaye mentioned an interesting anecdotal tidbit: People seem less interested in panel discussions at conferences than they do in single speakers. The panel discussions get lower ratings at ITConversations.com, and... there was some other reason he mentioned it, too. (Okay, so I don't remember. Sorry!) As I was listening to one of their panel discussions this morning, I had a thought: It was really hard to follow. It takes a lot of mental energy to keep up with who's-saying-what. And I don't even particular care about the who's-who; it would be even worse if I really need to know which person was making a particular point. Could that be what people are reacting to when they rate panel discussions lower than single-speaker talks?