I was in Montreal...
I was in Montreal in Quebec Canada yesterday giving a presentation. The venue was the Paramount Theatre downtown. It was strange presenting in a movie theatre but it worked surprisingly well.
We were in room 11 as shown above – neat marquee – “Now Playing – Tom and David”. I was there with David Knox for the day. At first I thought “Hmm, a movie theatre, that is a bit strange” but then I saw the screen. The first time I turned around and looked at SQL*Plus towering above me (it was an Imax theatre to boot), I was convinced – a movie theatre is a great place to give a talk. They had this sound system thing “down pat” – no problems hearing us, no problems seeing the material (the room was actually designed – gasp – to see the screen from every seat!). Additionally – they had the external noise problem solved as well – movie theatres were designed not only to show movies but apparently to give talks as well.
The neat thing was that during breaks we got to see movie trailers – it was hard to follow the movie trailer from “Something About Mary” – I kept laughing every time I saw it.
I was tempted to sneak next door while David was talking to catch the “Corpse Bride”, but I stayed and had my popcorn and soda while he talked (what else would you serve for an afternoon break at a movie theatre after all?).
All in all – it was a good, but long day. Didn’t get back home until about 10:40pm, flight was of course – delayed (surprise, surprise).