Six Months to Digest

For the first time in years I got to sit through an entire general session of conference with almost no interruption. It was exciting to actually be able to listen to each speaker rather than simply catching bits and pieces (up to a whole talk) while answering the needs of the kids.  Isaac was sleeping and the girls pretty well took care of themselves with games (and a movie I think).

I also found the perfect way to take notes. I got the new embedded video stream on lds.org (we don’t have cable or reception of KSL on our TV) and shrunk the window down so that all I could see was the video. Then I opened a second window and sized it to fill the rest of the screen so I could take notes on my General Conference wiki (I love being able to link between talks and look up a list of every talk I have notes on by speaker, session, or year) on one side of the screen while watching the speaker on the other side of the screen. no more wondering for days if I spelled a speaker’s name wrong in my notes.

While I enjoyed the technical aspects of being able to take notes and listen more effectively, the best part was all the thoughts of how to do better. There were thoughts of comfort, and thoughts of prodding. I succeeded in my goal after last conference to review all the talks. Hopefully I can do even better than that in the next six months.

About David

David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.
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