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December 19, 2008

Off on holiday!

It has been a very cool year hasn't it?

I am setting off for France now, and will be offline (gasp!) for the first time in 3 years for the entire duration of my 10 day holiday.  That's right, no email, blogging, reading news, Twitter, FaceBook, Linkedin, Twine, dear.  I am quite sure the web will suffer without me and feel a bit guilty leaving you all to your own devices but please try to have a good Christmas and New Year anyway :)

A little low-down on me and my year:

Stuff I've really liked in the research arena:

- Collaborative systems
- Semantic web data and ontologies
- Human computer interaction
- Data-mining and social networks
- Information seeking behaviours and personalisation
- Novel search paradigms
- Social network trust management
- Obviously question-Answering systems and conversational ones

Stuff I've really  liked in the SEO/M arena:

- Linkscape
- Video and podcast SEO
- Different ways of measuring stuff
- Measuring success on web 2.0
- Searcher behaviour
- Brand and reputation management
- Multi-lingual SEO
- All of the Google system chat

Top 5 purchases this year:

- DigiScribble pen
- My Dell laptop
- My Lumix camera
- My Asics Kinsei running shoes
- My flight to Thailand and Australia (one way)

Top 5 things I did this year:

- Graduated from Wat Po Thai massage school in Bangkok 
- Self-practiced Ashtanga yoga for a year all alone
- Went to see strange art house films with my Mum a lot
- Went to Paris for a long weekend of fun
- Designed my natural language generation/understanding system at last

5 things you didn't know about me:

- I'm allergic to peppers
- I can stand on my head
- I don't like Apples
- I'd rather design than code
- I like Batman comics and The Punisher

I look forward to reading your top 5's when I return from the real world.  Thank you so much for supporting me and my blog and I've loved your comments and input.  

Happy Christmas people and enjoy all the new year celebrations :)


Anonymous said...

Have a great holiday, speak to you when you get back :)

Happy Xmas & New Year

Ben McKay said...

...without the web, what will you do?!!

Enjoy your holidays!!

Anonymous said...

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CJ said...


thank you so much guys, have a lovely time!

cj :)

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