What kind of slideshow presentations do you like?

Screenshot of one of my slides with a Venn diagram

I have seen and read various commentaries about slideshow presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote, watchamacallit…). Some people can’t get enough and some people can’t get too little. In the feedback I’ve gotten on the interpreting workshops I present, I’ve gotten everything from:

Loved how daniel validated participants questions and comments by responding to individuals. He used examples from a variety of settings which was helpful. Powerpoint was great.


It was not a particularly involved workshop (last year it seemed there was more participation) and was very powerpoint heavy. I could have skipped and snagged a copy of the P.P.T. notes. =(

Now, I know “there’s always someone” (you can’t please everyone), and most of my participants rate my presentations highly on “Audiovisual and supplementary study materials were an asset to this activity,” but (more…)

I love my new blog theme!

I love my new blog theme!
Originally uploaded by Daniel Greene

I changed my WordPress blog, danielgreene.com, to the Mystique theme. I love it! It has this widget on the top with links to my RSS feed, Facebook Page, Twitter profile, Flickr photostream, and YouTube channel. It has a combo widget on the right that shows recent comments, top posts, archives, tag cloud, and category lists. And it uses a beautiful font that has true italics. I like!

Genre Recognition Venn Diagram

I’m such a nit-picking perfectionist it’s killing me! I’m working on tweaking my slideshow presentation for a workshop I’m teaching at the Arizona RID State Conference, and I’m creating a Venn diagram because it was suggested by a few of the participants when I first taught this workshop last November. Problem is I’ve never created a Venn diagram before. I’m trying to represent how Genre Recognition is a skill that develops at the intersection of Discourse Analysis, Predictive Skills*, and Genre Theory.

Is this diagram readable? Does anyone have any suggestions for improving it? Can you believe I’ve been working on this for an hour? Urgh! I hate being a perfectionist!

*While Googling “predictive skills” (a term used a lot in ASL interpreter training), I could not find a single page that defined the term. Hm… interesting.

Bug in Backgrounds for DIV Elements

Results are shown when using the following embedded CSS declarations (now done with inline CSS because this blog doesn’t allow embedded CSS.):

code { font-family: Fixedsys, "Lucida Console",
"Courier New", monospace; }
.p { background: #CFC; /*lightest green*/
color: black; }
.v { background: #CFF; /*lightest blue*/
color: black; }
.d { background: #FCF; /*lightest purple*/
color: black; }
.samp { background: #FCF; /*lightest purple*/
color: black;
margin: 1em 3em;
border: thin solid black;
padding: 5mm; }
.test { background: #CCC; /*lightest gray*/
margin-bottom: 2em; padding: 1em; }

Here’s how it looks in your browser:

{ font: 150% serif; }

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

This is what it looked like in my browser (MSIE 4.72.2106.8 for Win95): (more…)