Stuff goes wrong, what do you do? Wait for the gong or just keep the patter going?
Last Thursday I was slated to do a half hour session for Thom Cochrane (Auckland University of Technology) who is leading a multi-institutional New Zealand project on mobile learning. He asked me to do a 10 minute mini version of the Affordances of Open Learning talk I did last month at AUT.
I actually had thought I could do it previously, but my calendar got unraveled with my travel to Canada, and twice I had to cancel. GONG.
As much as I love the live show format and that Google Hangouts automatically archives them (and fast), every time I run one, it feels…
The thing about running a live Google Hangout is that it always feels like the first time. Always futzing
— Alan Levine (@cogdog) April 23, 2014
About an hour before, I had remembered that there was a hitch with screen sharing presentations; Hangouts can only share a window that is already active, so anything that goes full screen (Keynote, Powerpoint) cannot be shared because that full screen is actually a new window. You can try it yourself– Chrome still blanks on the GIFs. GONG
I did a quick test, and exported my presentation to HTML from local files. I opened in Chrome. Blank screen. GONG. But it did play in Safari, in a normal browser window. So that I can share. With more time I would have tried a Google Doc Presentations, but I recall having trouble getting the animated GIFs to export. And I need my GIFs.
Thom fired up the hangout, invited 3 or 4 guests, and we were set to go. Escept that the button to go live for him was non functional. GONG.
So we had to restart the hangout. I kept getting server errors on joining til about the 4th try. 1/4 GONG.
But we eventually were in motion. I went to screen sharing from Safari, and just talked talked away. Since I could not see the hangout screen… well when I returned to it, the screen was blank. And my connection to the wireless network was gone. BIG GONG.
I joined a second network and was able to log back in; they said I disappeared about 1/2 way in. So I repeated what I thought I said.
Obviously this is not optimal, but I consider it my loving example that technology can let you down, and the only recourse is to keep going.
If you want to see the whole Gong Show (and how Thom just keeps rolling too), well, it’s your time
If it’s going to be a Gong Show, it might as well be Gene Gene