I've not got too much time today, as I'm off to see a talk at Northumbria University. Today has been a bit choppy. I started the day as usual with a cycle ride dodging cows, and then checking through email. One email caused me a little excitment, and forked my day a little.
I've been asked to help out with a conference that will be hosted by the Culture Lab next year, which led me to spend some time coordinating web design and branding efforts with a graphic designer. After this another email impacted on my day. This time the email told me that a proof of the leaflet I've been working on to recruit participants to the first round of PATINA work has been printed. I pottered over to the library to take a look at the second proof and finally happy with the design and text, I've signed it off. Just a short wait now for the 100 leaflets to be printed and then they'll be left in Tyne and Wear Archives to tempt family tree historians to work with me… On this line, I've been reading through some of the vast amount of HCI literature on probes, with the back of mind wondering what sort of probes I am going to make to understand people's motivations and experiences of geneaology research.