After drafting the post mentioning my toasted power adapter and how I’m not going to intentionally connect everything to Wikimania, I go to a campus computer shop to see if they have a replacement adapter before making the trip to the local specialized computer shop. Most of the time, I don’t go to the campus computer stores because I either forget they exist or they don’t have what I need. I get lucky this time: not only do they have an adapter, but I get a discount since I work for an institution of higher learning.
As the gentleman rings up my purchase, a woman interrupts, “You look familiar. Did you speak to my journalism class?”
“Yes, I did.”
She completely surprises and flatters me by telling me how much she enjoyed my presentation, that she learned a lot from it, and she uses what she learned regularly. (Score!)
Then she asks me about Wikimania. (No joke. She really does.) So we talk about the conference a bit. Since she’s interested in journalism, I make sure she knows about the citizen media portion. She writes it down in her planner. I hand her one of the fabulous brochures for the conference.
A young man suddenly pipes up about the conference. He heard about it through a roommate. He’s disappointed he can’t go. I hand him a brochure saying that streaming audio of certain sessions will be available, as will, hopefully, archived material and perhaps archived audio.
Six degrees of Wikimania anyone?