Report from cartoon talk: The crowd was really quite small, but people seemed to quite enjoy themselves and everyone was kind and lovely. All in all a very good evening. The preparation didn’t go terribly well though – nothing at all to do with the fact that I didn’t get on with doing it early enough. Anyone following me on Twitter yesterday will have heard me moaning about my computers, which really didn’t behave well (dull technical details below), but I’m sure it is just me being inept in one way or another. I really enjoy the actual talking, but the lack of functioning technology and the fact it takes me forever to prepare means that I have no further plans for more public lectures at the moment.
Sorry not to have done anything visible with your marvellous questions yet. I am intending to do so soon.
[Incredibly boring technical details: Using OpenOffice Impress because it means I can switch between PC and Mac. Unfortunately the normal very reliable OpenOffice (it might be called something else now) doesn’t work well when it comes to creating presentations with large numbers of images. On the PC the pictures kept dropping out of the presentation for no reason whatsoever, whilst on the Mac you can’t just drag in the image icons like you can on the PC as it doesn’t work. So there is lots of messing around trying to get the images in and drag them into being the right size and being central, and my Mac can’t cope. The Mac is a lovely computer to use in many ways, but very often falls down on the details. Give me file sizes when I search for an image so I know which is the high res version, for goodness sake. Sorry, nearly began to rant there. I know, lots of you think I should switch to Linux or somesuch, but I don’t have the time and energy to do such a thing at the moment. Using Keynote means (I think) that, having no Mac laptop, I’d have a problem being compatible with church computers in the places I go to do these things.]