Sunday, June 10, 2012

Notes and thoughts on #IntJC Session 17

Thanks to all the regulars and the new faces who joined session 17 yesterday.

I was at a friend's party who is about to leave Japan after a good 7 years here. My plan was to leave early and drop by a 24/24 coffee shop to run the show - something I have never done so far - but the conversations were so nice that I woke up 10 minutes before the 10 pm prime time in Tokyo and realized that some super hero urgent action was calling, you know, scrambling into a telephone booth and change clothes - but how do you do this in mobile phone era?

I was ushered in the bathroom, the only place where to be alone with a sit, a drink and a panorama of shampoo bottles and soaps of all kinds. Everything went OK and the shower kept dry but I had to leave that studio room earlier. At least, this unexpected situation proved that it can be done from weird locations too.

I think we only scrapped the surface about digital-pen and note-taking, didn't we? But the layer we dug into was already rich and thought provoking. #IntJC is a good way to scrap surfaces, but surface scrapping is not to be taken lightly and be laughed at. Each time, there is something to take home and chew the fat from. This time was no different than the previous session. If you are new to #IntJC, check for yourself and roam the Archive page with links to previous sessions's transcripts. Even seemingly light-hearted session on such terp mundanes like stress management has shown to deliver more than a  few gem brillant like hints.

As mentioned in the conversation, whereas the pen is not cheap for lack of competitors, the special paper to be used is a bank breaker. The maker's strategy seems to follow the path of printers where the cartridges are the cash cow. Isn't there an alternative to this paper issue?

Granted this tool sets in, how the parallel postmortem simultaneous analysis of both voice output and the note writing will inform better approaches to note-taking and maybe usher in something new in the Rozan and al. dictum?

Any and every follow-up thoughts can be expressed and discussed unscheduled using #IntJC hashtag in Twitter. For those willing to try and give it further thoughts, a video conference Hangout over Google+ might be the ticket. Check the #IntJC public page over Google+. If you want to be part of the Circle, add the Page to your own Circles and Pages portfolio and I will add you back.

If you wish to know more who is behind #IntJC, I am more than happy to set up a call, video or not, over GoogleTalk, Google+ or Skype to say hello and better know each other and what we have been doing in the sphere of interpreting. Get in touch for instance by email first ldersot[atmark] gmail.com.

Also check sister initiative Endless Possibilities Talks for video hangouts posted over Youtube that matter to interpreting at large and show how reaching out for professional purpose can be powerful and enlightening.

One more thing, #IntJC is not a trademark and cooking it together rather than me alone makes for a better dish. If you are using Google+ and want to be part of the small Steering Committee with very short discussions on further sessions, get in touch.

As was the case with this Digital Pen and Note-taking session, some thematics best rely on research articles and contents that are sometimes not made public. It is unfair to rely on limited access support material participants would have to purchase ahead of time. This lack of public material in some cases may limit the scope and variety of topics to be discussed about over #IntJC. The core article on yesterday's topic is indeed not public. I did get in touch with one author but even authors as you know have seldom full rights to manage their own production.

In the past, I have toyed with the idea to have authors and/or stakeholders to participate to sessions and some indulged in a very few prior sessions. But people are busy and it is more productive to be part of a conference than drop by an unknown Journal Club over Twitter, unknown but to who know it. In the end, I decided that although it would be nice and swell to have authors onboard, we are entitled to discuss and ponder about various themes by ourselves alone.

#IntJC needs more input and suggestions for future sessions. Feel free to drop a line in private or suggest public your ideas over Twitter with the hashtag #IntJC.

I also need backups in case the shower starts dripping on the iPad or someone wants to take a bath. Volunteers, please raise hands!

Next session is to be scheduled in the coming weeks. Suggestions on a topic are more than welcome. Join and spread the word.

How to follow #IntJC:

New sessions are announced over Twitter so follow the hashtag #IntJC.
The journal club comes with its own web site here.
There is a blog as an additional loudspeaker for things #IntJC. It is right here.

How to spread the word:

Participants from Europe are scarce, Asia and Australia are barren lands. The initiative is showing interesting and puzzling cultural traits on who are the interpreters who dare join such dynamics, and who can't even fathom about joining. Grow up, come onboard even as a student, a beginner, a future interpreter. This state of affairs alone could be a topic for a future session. The mute interpreters. Where are they? Where are you? What are you waiting for?

For those who are here already, RT over Twitter, share over Facebook, Google+ and you name it favorite SNS. Blog about it. Spread the word in your training centers, your colleagues, your students, around the coffee machines, in the booths, at conferences, conventions, bars and social lounges.


But best of all strategy, join the next session!

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