Monday, November 10, 2003

Oman/Dubai Photo Gallery 

Omani woman clappingHi everyone... I've just completed work on my Oman/Dubai photo gallery, which covers my recent trip to the Middle East for the World Summit Awards grand jury. You can find the gallery here:

Hope you like the photos!

Thursday, November 06, 2003

E-Government for All conference opens this week 

It's been a busy week for me, ever since the launch of the E-Government for All conference on Monday. Over 1000 people from more than 70 nations -- from Bolivia to Greenland to Vietnam -- are taking part in the event, which runs over the next two weeks.

Along with the various virtual panel sessions and discussion forums, the conference featured a keynote speech and live online chat with Bruce James, Public Printer of the United States and CEO of the Government Publishing Office. James took questions from the audience (mostly from librarians) with me moderating the chat. The chat went pretty much without a hitch, even though it was the first time for both our guest and myself embarking on such an endeavor.

Throughout the conference, I'm working with my fellow Benton Headlines team members to write daily summaries of the goings-on of the conference. So far we've managed to keep up, publishing the summaries alongside our usual headlines service. It's pretty exhausting, but manageable for a couple of weeks.

We've got a lot of other activities going on between now and the end of next week, including a panel of citizens who've been affected by e-government programs, as well as a discussion over civic participation and e-democracy. Should be a real hoot... -ac

Sunday, November 02, 2003

More Film Fests Than You Can Shake a Stick At 

This weekend, our film Thai Boxing: A Fighting Chance made the rounds at four film festivals around the country, including the Hawaii International Film Festival, the California Independent Film Festival, the Annapolis Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Susanne and I flew down to Florida for the Lauderdale Fest, where we were joined by my parents and grandmother, who drove down from Central Florida.

The film aired early Saturday afternoon, greeted by a modest crowd at the Cinema Paradiso theatre. After some minor technical problems (for some odd reason our narrator, Jason Statham, was initially absent from the audio) the show got underway, and the the crowd sat through 50 minutes of thai boxers prepping for important fights in and around Bangkok. The crowd was very enthusiastic, rooting for our main characters, making audible gasps with each unexpected kick or punch.

After the film we spent about 20 minutes taking questions from the audience. It was a lot of fun, and the crowd had some good questions for us. We then spent the remainder of the afternoon relaxing in Fort Lauderdale before going to dinner at a local steakhouse called Gippy's.

The next morning, before flying back to DC, we got together with my friend Kris Bohte, whom I hadn't seen since high school. She's now one of the managers at the Bahia Mar Resort, which was packed with people attending the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show this weekend.

Meanwhile, out in Hawaii, my aunt and uncle reported that a crowd of at least 200 people attended the showing of our film in Honolulu. If could have only been there as well; at least we get to go to Hawaii for a friend's wedding over Thanskgiving week... -ac

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