Friday, December 02, 2005

the showring awaits

Two and a half hours before my talk. After going to all the effort to buy a tie that matched my PowerPoint slide, I did a surprisingly sloppy job shaving this morning and also have a cold that raises the possibility that I may be hocking up phlegm on the first row.

Anyway, if there was anything I learned from my father's many years of raising purebred sheep on the farm, it was that it's a lot more fun to go to the county fair when you know you've got a good sheep. Way back when in '99 when I gave my job talk here in Madison, I knew I had a pretty good sheep. Today, I feel like this Mary's got a spindly and sclerotic little lamb. Serves me right for trying to put together a new talk for the occasion rather than just going with a talk I already had given somewhere else.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never discount the power of color coordinating your outfit and your presentation slides. That's very impressive.
-EA

A+ said...

and also have a cold that raises the possibility that I may be hocking up phlegm on the first row.

Maybe we should get rolls of clear plastic to put over ourselves like at a Gallagher show. (Remember him?)

islander said...

Eh. No need to agonize over it. You've already got tenure and, furthermore, folks have had planty of time to form their opnions of you. You could stand up there and sing "supercalifragilisticexpeliadocious (SP?)" and most people would attribute your performance to your genius and whimsical nature.

islander said...

And on top of it, I'm sorry that I can't be there - even if it meant sitting in the first row.

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

Aw, Ang beat me to it.

Anonymous said...

The best color coordination is achieved by standing in front of the screen while talking, so that visuals project also onto you, tattoo-like.
Josh

Anonymous said...

Actually, the best color coordination is achieved by creating a blue screen effect whereby your entire torso and your arms blend into the PowerPoint slides so well as to have seemingly disappeared.

Anonymous said...

But the tie should remain, like the Cheshire cat's smile.

Anon.. said...

Did you show sheep, or just your relatives? What breed(s)?

Anonymous said...

i don't think he showed his relatives.

jeremy said...

I did not show my relatives. I do however, know my way around a sheep, and have shown sheep in fairs. The particular breed of sheep raised by my father were Suffolks, which are the sheep with the all black faces.

Anon.. said...

I apologize to all concerned for my poor grammar above. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity, Jeremy.