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I have just returned from an archeological tour of Aztec and Mayan ruin sites near Mexico City and Oaxaca returning with a renewed appreciation of the history, cultural diversity and sensual feast from our neighbors to the south. Late June, although the rainy season, is an excellent time to go -- moderate temperatures, green hillsides and a little rain each afternoon to clear the air. Photos can be found at: www.picasaweb.com/corbinwayneball/mexico.
This issue focuses on a range of meetings technology topics telepresence, RFID tagging, event networking and venue technology developments.
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In this issue:
- NEW ARTICLE: Air Travel Woes – A Tipping Point for Meetings? Will Telepresence be an Alternative?
- NEW ARTICLE: The True "State of the Art" is In the Infrastructure
- NEW ARTICLE: Best Practices in RFID Tagging
- NEW ARTICLE: Creating Powerful Communities at Events
- 13 WEB BOOKMARKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
- QUOTES OF THE MONTH
- RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
- CORBIN'S CALENDAR and the fine print
13 Web Bookmarks for Meetings, Business and Fun
3 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
A2Z Exhibitor Advantage
Very powerful exhibit sales and marketing tool.
Virtualis Second Life Video
Nice overview video of a very cool convention center on Second Life.
Personal Itinerary Planner from CISTEMS
Flexible PIP for events with many options.
6 Utility/Reference Sites:
Scary video about RFID credit card insecurity.
Manage Your Time
Excellent site with hundreds of articles on time management.
Worldwide Telescope -- A Browser for the Heavens
If you have the least bit of interest in astronomy, you must download this very cool program.
Microsoft Touch Wall - A multi-touch display on any surface
Great potential for exhibition displays.
Egyptian Archeology Site -- Eternal Egypt
Nicely designed site with lots of multimedia and 360 views of Egyptian antiquity.
What are the common repairs on your car and how much should they cost in your area? This site can help..
4 Sites for Fun:
Stephen Wiltshire: A Demonstration of a Savant's Photographic Memory
No Frills Airline
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother."
"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
--John Cage US Composer of avant-garde music (1012-1992)
"Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools."
-- Albert Einstein
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Television won't last. It's a flash in the pan."
-- Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts (1948)
Take A Break!
Article by by friend Tony Carey, for MPI's Meeting Professional magazine summarizing results of our most recent technology debate.
MIME (Meetings Industry Middle East) magazine about the impact of technology on the meetings industry.
Wikis, Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My!
Zillas Technology article about Web 2.0 technologies.
Staging the Main Event
BNet article by Jamie Welch on mentoring and meeting industry certifications.
StarCite Adds Attendee Management Tools
BTN article about new StarCite functionality.
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