The Confession Chair: Chapter Two – 99 abstracts on BIM on my screen. 99 abstract on BIM…
“99 Bottles of Beer” is an anonymous folk song dating to the mid-20th century. It is a traditional reverse counting song in both the United States and Canada. It is popular to sing on long trips, as it has a very repetitive format which is easy to memorize and can take a long time to sing. In particular, the song is often sung by children on long bus trips, such as class field trips, or on Scout and/or Girl Guide outings.
Last week I wrote about the dangers of repetition – and the first damn thing that comes to mind this week is that I’m meticulously combing through a wormhole of abstracts, which in itself is repetitive in nature (thus breaks are needed every now and then). As you may remember, the initial readthrough is split amongst committee members, but before February is over, each abstract will have been discussed, cross-examined, argued and counter-argued by every member of the committee – which is what I expect to write about in four weeks time. Now, since I’ve been a bit under the weather the past week; I will want to keep this chapter short, but allow me to, on behalf of the entire BILT Europe committee say THANK YOU – to all of you who have submitted – and while we allow ample time for abstract submission, a good chunk, in fact, more than half of all submissions come in during the last 48 hours. While we know that ‘this is how things are’ – it can be a nerve wrecking (and discussion inducing) experience to see abstract submissions being stagnant until the very last days.
If, when you are reading this, you realize ‘oh – I have a perfect class’ I’d like to present, well, too bad, the abstract submission deadline has passed. ‘But it’s a really cool case’ you’d argue. Well, consider yourself in the perfect position to be well prepared for next years BILT series ;-) With that being said, we do receive ideas throughout the year, and if you decide to send me or anyone else on the team an idea, just be aware that it will not be considered and read as part of the abstract process; but might be picked up if it fills a special gap in the program we wish to curate this year.
Now its back to the task at hand, review the remaining abstracts (and time for me to read up on our Slovenian destination) – what do you want to know about Lljubliana (aside from how to spell it!)