Well, I guess my prediction of little blogging activity in August was accurate. You may recall that I stated four reasons why my posts would be infrequent in August:
- Writing a paper. I was asked to write a paper on the future of digital hearing aids that was due three weeks ago. Here’s a copy of the draft that I submitted. The journal is targetted to both clinicians and researchers, so this paper is written for a broad audience. The final version will be modified from this after it goes through a peer-review system.
- Family reunion. Lots of fun, drinking, eating. Good to see all of my relatives. Spent evenings on a farm and heard coyotes howling at night—sounded like escaped lunatics laughing maniacally.
- Co-chairing a conference. The most significant conference in my field takes place every two years at Lake Tahoe. A beautiful location for inspired discussions (the photo here is of Eagle Lake, a short hike up from Lake Tahoe). I was pleased to see several presentations on cognition, a relatively new topic to this field. I’ve posted before on the growing prominence of cognitive science in a variety of fields, and it’s certainly starting to be the case in my field. I even spend a significant part the paper I recently wrote talking about how cognitive science will impact hearing aid technology (starting on page 15 of the paper linked above).
- Corporate strategic retreat. Obviously, I can’t say much about this, but I can note that being a vegetarian in northern Minnesota is a test of mental and physical endurance (not for me, for my colleague). I can also state that it’s good to be tall when playing beach volleyball.
- Buying a house. After signing our names two thousand times, my wife and I are near to closing on a house in SF. Phew. Now what do I do with all of my college furniture?