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Month: November 2008

What I did on World Usability Day 2008

I took the Global Transport Challenge and tested my carbon footprint, and I got my brain cells nicely stimulated with 2 seminars. I also discovered once more that I really should get much more training with my camera…. I learned that my carbon footprint for my transport to and from work is 1.2 kg. That covers walking to the station from my home, taking the metro, switching to a train, then walking from the station to my office. If your carbon footprint needs improvement, the Global Transport Challenge provides many tips about getting from here to there in a more eco-friendly manner. While taking the Global Transport Challenge for WUD2008, I discovered a usability issue: how were you supposed to measure the distances for walking, bicycling, driving, and so on? OK, the car has an odometer, but who thinks about distance in a bus or a train? With those forms…

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Taking the Global Transport Challenge on World Usability Day 2008

It’s November 13th, 2008 – World Usability Day! There are live WUD2008 events scheduled to take place around the world. There are many online WUD2008 events, too. As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you can participate! I am taking the Global Transport Challenge today, and later on, I’ll attend the live events in Copenhagen. I also plan to take photos on the topic of transport and upload them to Flickr with the tag “WUD2008“.

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Yes we can

I stayed up all night to watch the elections in the United States. Thinking I couldn’t stay awake, I didn’t attend any events in Copenhagen and chose park myself in front of the computer and TV. I forgot about adrenalin. The TV and the internet kept me going. They were a perfect team for me. I saw President-elect Barack Obama give his speech, and not long after that, Shakesville posted the full text from the Guardian. What a night! I didn’t get to sleep until 8.30 in the morning. I thought McCain gave a very gracious speech. Obama’s acceptance speech moved me to tears (of joy). Granted, I am a fan of his rhetoric. It could get me interested in politics! What a delight if we move from sound-bites to proper discourse, dialog, conversation, listening – communication. I know there are many challenges ahead of the US and the world.…

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