PICC Submissions: only 5 days left! Submit now!

I just submitted a proposal for an hour long talk for this year’s PICC Conference in New Jersey. I shouldn’t have waited so long, but at least I got it in.

Submissions are being accepted through the end of the month, and it’s really super-easy to do. All you need is a short paragraph describing the talk or poster session that you’d like to give. Email that to [email protected], and they’ll consider it. It couldn’t be easier!

If you’d like, you can also read the Call For Papers online. Hurry and get it in!

Sometimes, you just have to do something to make yourself happy

Today, I’m in San Jose at the Wireless Mobility Symposium, and while we were planning it, Stephen Foskett jokingly suggested that we needed a “geek-o-meter” to help gauge the technical level of the presentations. It sounded like so much fun that I had to do it. And since it’s the Wireless symposium, it had to be wireless, too, right? Right.

So I went to the store and bought the cheapest R/C car I could find ($7), took it apart, attached a piece of foam to the wheel, attached an arrow to the foam, made a suitable geek-o-meter image, and had it printed out and mounted on a foam board last night at FedEx.

Today, I unveiled it at the symposium:

(Image by Matthew Norwood)

If you’re curious, the things are, from left to right, a kid’s toy computer, Milhouse from the Simpsons, Alton Brown, Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, and Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.

Yep, I built a radio-controlled Geek-O-Meter that the Wireless Field Day delegates can control from their seats in the audience. I suspect I’m a little too proud of myself.