As you probably noticed...
... I've been traveling a bit--hence the slightly erratic SRS posts over the past month. This will probably continue for a bit more time as I keep moving around the planet.
Both the springtime and the end of the year tend to be a busy time for me. In the last 3 months of 2017, I will have visited Taveuni, Fiji; San Diego, CA; Washington DC; Pensacola, FL; Chapel Hill, NC; Knoxville, TN; College Park, MD; Cairns, QLD; Brisbane, QLD; Poughkeepsie, NY; and New York City, NY.
This is what comes from being an itinerant scholar. Even now, in the Age of the Internet and high bandwidth connections with live streaming 360-degree video, there's still an ineluctable value in actually being present.
Why is that? Couldn't I just phone (or video) it in?
What's more, when I visit you in your workplace (or university), we have the chance to have lots of informal, high-touch (notice I didn't say "high-bandwidth") interactions. I've been in a lot of high quality videoconferences, but the quality of physical presence (with all of the nuances that seem to get lost over video) is powerful.
|UCSD, La Jolla, CA|
Even though physically traveling to another venue is kind of a hassle--it's almost always worth it. (Especially when that venue includes scuba diving, which doesn't work well over video...)
Besides, when I travel, I pick up all kinds of ideas for SRS Challenges. You'll be seeing a few during the next year!
|Me playing chess with statue. Georgetown, DC.|
I think I'm winning.
Thanks for hanging in there with me as I travel hither and yon. It'll all be worth it!
Reference: Olson, Gary M., and Judith S. Olson. "Distance matters." Human-computer interaction 15.2 (2000): 139-178.