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    Ethan Watrall

    Ethan Watrall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, an Assistant Professor at Matrix: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Online, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University. In addition, Ethan is a Principal Investigator in the Games for Entertainment & Learning Lab, and co- founder of both the undergraduate Specialization and Game Design Development and the MA in Serious Game Design at Michigan State University. Ethan’s primary area of research is in the domain of cultural heritage informatics, specifically serious games for cultural heritage learning, outreach, and engagement.

    At Michigan State University, Ethan teaches in a wide variety of areas including cultural heritage informatics, user centered & user experience design, game design, serious game design, game studies, social history of popular culture, history of computers and computation, and ancient Egyptian social history & archaeology.

    In addition to his academic work, Ethan has written numerous technical trade books for publishers such as Wiley, Sybex, and O’Reilly on interactive design and user centered/user experience design. Ethan is also a writer for ProfHacker (http://www.profhacker.com) and writes an (increasingly infrequent) column on the history of comics books for Bleeding Cool (http://www.bleeingcool.com).

    My Posts

    Announcement: Schedule…

    Saturday, March 20th, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    As promised, here is a link to the schedule we just constructed.  It should be editable by anyone.  Please feel free to add details to “your” session.  Don’t move sessions, as that will cause a bit of a cascade of conflicts throughout all of the other session


    If people encounter problems with editing the document, just come find me and I’ll see what I can do.

    Call for Dork Shorts…

    Sunday, March 21st, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    Hey folks,  as I mentioned in the opening session, we’re going to do a round of dork shorts in the closing session.  Dork shorts are essentially a quick description/elevator pitch for a tool/project/etc – 5 minutes max (yes, we will time you kick you off “the stage” when the 5 minutes are up).  Even though you may have talked about your project/application/tool/site in a previous session, this doesn’t mean that you can’t do a dork short – there are lots of people who might not have heard you talk already.  So, for those who want to sign up for dork shorts, just comment on this post (with the subject of your short).  Remember, 5 minutes max!

    UPDATE: Ok, sorry….5 minutes is too long (I’ve been admonished by Beth).  2 minutes max!

    Wireless Internet

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    A couple of people have emailed asking whether there will be wireless internet access at Great Lakes THATCamp. Yes! Most spaces on the MSU campus are covered both by regular wireless (that requires an MSU login) and guest wireless (that anyone can use) – including the Residential College of Arts and Humanities (where Great Lakes THATCamp will be taking place). For more information, on the ins and outs of MSU guest wireless, check out this link: http://techbase.msu.edu/article.asp?id=4254&service=

    Parking & Such

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    For those who are driving to Great Lakes THATCamp, you’ll want to know where you can part.  Under normal circumstances (as with any big campuses) parking is a complete nightmare (and the parking police are relentless and draconian in their application of parking regulations).  The good thing is that, given Great Lakes THATCamp is happening on a weekend, parking won’t be such a concern.  Not only will parking places be easy to find, but parking regulations for faculty & staff only parking lots are not enforced at all – huzzah!  So, where is the best place to park?  Have a look at the handy dandy Great Lakes THATCamp Google Map for places to park (as well as a lot of other cool things in and around campus)
    View Great Lakes THATCamp in a larger map

    Schedule and Scheduling

    Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    Well folks – the time is just about on us.  Only a few days until we converge on the MSU campus for Great Lakes THATCamp.  In preparation, I wanted to say a few words about scheduling.  Check-in will start at 8am (though, we’ll be there earlier if you are wanting to come in earlier). There will be food (bagels, muffins, danishes, fresh fruit) and drink (coffee, tea, juice) for all attendees. The check in table will be located just outside the LookOut Gallery on the second floor of the Residential College of Arts & Humanities.  The layout of the building can be a tad confusing, so there will be signs spread out all over the place with directions as to where you need to go.


    Registration Fees

    Monday, March 15th, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    Great Lakes THATCamp carries a suggested $25 registration fee – which helps pay for the meals, t-shirts, and other fun swag attendees will be receiving.  There are several ways that campers can pay their registration fee.  The easiest is by cash or cheque when you check in on Saturday morning – frankly, that is what we prefer.   Cheques should be made out to Michigan State University.  If you prefer to pay electronically, things are a little more complicated.  You’ll need to use Michigan State University’s online donation system.


    First Round of Drinks On the ACH!

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    We’re very happy to announce that the Association for Computers & The Humanities will be sponsoring the first round of drinks on Saturday night at Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub (http://www.harpersbrewpub.com/) – after which campers can stick around and get some food at Harpers, or go to one of the many nearby fine eating establishments.  We’ll go over the details of the “reception” in the casual wrap-up session at the end of the day on Saturday.

    Great Lakes THATCamp Teaser Badge Design

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    In the spirit of yesterday’s teaser t-shirt design, have a gander at a teaser of the Great Lakes THATCamp badge design

    Couple of cool things to note.  First off, you’ll see a QR code next to the camper’s name.  This will link to the camper’s profile page of the Great Lakes THATCamp website.  We’ll have a post detailing the ins and outs of QR codes in the near future.  Second, you’ll notice “Local” in the bottom right hand corner of the badge.  Anyone who is a local will get this on their badge.  The idea is that they will be able to help out by offering up local information to those who are from out of town – where is the best place to get a drink, how do you get back to the hotel, that kind of thing.

    ADDENDUM: The QR code in this comp was actually just a test.  We’re most likely going to use a QR code with a little more complexity – name, institutional affiliation, email address, website, etc.  This means that in order for all of the relevant info to show up in the QR code, campers should update their profile (which you originally created when you applied for Great Lakes THATCamp).

    RSVP’ing and T-Shirts

    Monday, March 1st, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    Hey folks – many of you have RSVP’ed, which we thank you for! However, there is a good chunk of accepted campers have yet to RSVP. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, if there are campers who were accepted, but aren’t planning on coming, we’d like to know ASAP so we can give your slot to another applicant. Second, we need to put in our t-shirt orders. If you haven’t RSVP’ed (and thereby told us what size of t-shirt you want) by Wednesday (March 3rd), we can’t guarantee you’ll get the t-shirt size you want (we’ll just end up ordering a variety of sizes for those who haven’t RSVP’ed before the deadline).

    And to whet your whistle, here is a comp of the t-shirt design:

    Room and Ride Sharing

    Friday, February 19th, 2010 | Ethan Watrall

    A good chunk of Great Lakes THATCamp attendees will be coming from outside the greater Lansing area.  Many will be flying in to Detroit Metro Airport or driving in from other exotic locales (like the jewel of southern Ontario –  London).  The result is that there will be lots of people who either need a ride or can provide a ride.  So, if you can provide a ride, drop a comment as to where you are coming from, when you are going to be traveling, how many people you can accommodate, etc.  If you need a ride, drop a comment as to your starting destination, when you are going to be traveling, etc, etc, etc.