Friday, April 4, 2008


This morning's session behind me, I'm now suffering a stiff wave of Presenter's Drain, the lethargies that sneak up on me after I have presented at a conference. To compound the Drain, I changed into more comfortable attire after I completely and thoroughly Coked my shirt and pants while sitting at the hotel bar with a former colleague and mentor immediately after my session. Coking: that's what it's called when, while describing your dissertation project and gesturing enthusiastically with your hands, you catch the straw sticking out from the fresh glass of Coca-Cola that bartender placed in front of you moments earlier, only to have the cold cola splash onto your crotch and backpack. A sympathizer: "You alright?" Me: "Yeah, yeah. Fine." There was nothing to feel panicked about after presentation, which went fairly well (check out CGB's portion, if you missed it). The panel was well-attended, engaging through Q&A, and so on . Goes without saying about the soda-pants kerfluffle: I'm still enthusiastic enough about my diss that I can dump a full glass of Coke into my clothing and continue the conversation without even standing up.

Anyway, by the time I walked a few blocks in these Naw'lins winds to grab a Peace Maker Po-Boy (w/ Tabasco infused mayo) at the Acme Oyster House, the Coke had dried. The sun peaked through the clouds. The sandwich was excellent. And now, to see whether the Presenter's Drain lifts in time for evening activities.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at April 4, 2008 5:30 PM to Unspecified

The big question: did you wear the shirt??

Posted by: collin at April 4, 2008 7:53 PM

Indeed, I did. Thus, I am counting my paper's audience not only as the 40-45 who came to hear the full version at 11:00 a.m., but also the 450-500 who gave the 2XL cotton blend version of my talk a curious glance as I wore it around the Hilton all day long. Wearable presentations, if worn long enough, stand to draw a greater sum of attention than the opening general session.

Posted by: Derek at April 4, 2008 8:15 PM


Posted by: collin at April 4, 2008 9:26 PM

Hey, post your slides and your talk, too. And heck, a link to the shirt on Cafepress :)

Posted by: cbd at April 5, 2008 6:33 PM

I'd buy one of those -- I noticed (and appreciated) the shirt during the presentation but forgot to inquire about it...

Posted by: doug at April 6, 2008 4:42 PM

I'll try to get the slides and talk up when I return from NEMLA (so sometime next week?). As for the shirt, I have to dig around to see if I can recreate it. The prototype was a one-shot custom-made piece via

Posted by: Derek at April 9, 2008 8:46 PM