With all the video meetings we have done over the last few years, with cameras on we always see a view into room behind each other, but we do not see the view each person has as they look into their screens.
So I thought it might be interesting for all participants to share the view of this conference from where they are participating, similar to what we did in 2020 for the View From Where I Sit. Or just describe your own view in words, be it home office, coffee shop, or first row of the conference hall in Nantes.
Just as an example, this is not where I will be during OEGlobal22 (because it starts at 1:00am, local time!) but here is a photo of where I am working today, at the Evolve coffee shop in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Before getting to Nantes, I’ve been spending a few days in Geneva, “squatting” some campus buildings as I do my usual work. Nice to have WiFi through Eduroam. While open resources are better than that, there’s something to be said about shared resources. At some point, “hotdesking” becomes an important part of academic life.
Many parts of Switzerland look quite nice, so it’s easy to become a bit blasé, even after a few days. Nicer views, around these parts, are overlooking the lake, with the French Alps across. That’s the view I used to have from my office in Lausanne. Quite frequently, the sky had this unique luminosity which typically isn’t captured through photography. Almost the equivalent of the Aurora Borealis we get in Northern parts of Canada.
Of course, ATX is nice too! I miss it, to be honest. Fond memories of Lake Travis…
Here is a view I have right now, from the deck on the top floor of our place. It has been rainy and cold so far in May and finally we have some warmer, sunnier weather so I’ve pulled out the working-outside setup that I haven’t used since last summer, complete with a table that is in desperate need of refinishing and some plant bags in desperate need of weeding!
This is my space from where I like to work though it is not my home-office. It is actually the dining room. The window and the view is relaxing for my eyes, it- the view of the road even kind of puts me on the path of thinking. Evening sky looks beautiful from here with all colours.
[It also makes it easier to grab a bite or a cup of chai (tea). ]
The table of my home-office on the other hand, faces a wall. Maybe some other time will share that
I’m on my way to Nantes later today - and very excited! I’m looking forward to engaging with all of you and meeting some of you in person. I haven’t travelled since 2019, so this feels like an extra big deal, in part bc I have the privilege of bringing company along with me: I’m currently in Paris with my 13yr old, and she’ll be in Nantes with me, if largely chilling in the hotel. We’ve had an amazing 36 hrs or so walking (and tasting) our way around Paris…here we are outside Sacre Coeur!