All posts for “travel”


SXSWEdu - We'll Be There

Posted by: leelefever on February 20, 2014- 11:52am

Categories: conference, event, SXSW, sxswedu, travel


Just a quick note that Common Craft will be attending SXSWEdu in Austin, TX, March 3-6. If you're going and would like to say hi, please contact us or look me up on the Twitter @leelefever.         

Upcoming Speaking

Posted by: leelefever on April 1, 2013- 11:17am

Categories: art of explanation, conference, events, presentation, Speaking, travel


Interested in having Lee speak at your event? ======== It's that time of year. Starting in May, I'll be out sharing lots of ideas, stories and tactics focused on the Art of Explanation. I hope to see you at one of these events this spring. STC Technical Communications Summit, May 5-8, Atlanta, GA My session will be on Monday the 6th from 3:30 to 4:30 on The Art of Explanation.  Professional communicators explain ideas every day, but we rarely take a step back and think about the skill of... Continue Reading

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Posted by: leelefever on October 28, 2011- 10:33am

Categories: facetoface, presentation, Speaking, travel


I'll be speaking at a couple of awesome educational events in early December.  Here are the details... I'll be one of the Rapid Fire presenters at the Big Ideas Fest at Half Moon Bay, CA, December 4-7. Details from the website: 3 days of innovation and inspiration, 16 Speakers, 4 hands-on Action Collab sessions, and numerous opportunities to network with fellow education mavericks and change agents. All of that, plus an entire Pacific Ocean coastline on which to marvel.   Also, I'll be the... Continue Reading

Speaking at the Texas Library Association Conference

Posted by: leelefever on March 6, 2011- 4:00pm

Categories: education, library, presentation, Speaking, travel


It's true. Sachi and I are attending the Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, April 12-15th.  I will be presenting on Thursday the 14th at 2pm and my talk is called "The Art of Explanation - in Plain English". I hope you'll come. This will be our first library conference and we're really excited to meet people like you and take it all in.  Librarians are among our most dedicated fans and this conference is one of the biggest events in the library world.  If you're going to the... Continue Reading

Meet Us at NECC (National Educational Computing Conference)

Posted by: leelefever on June 1, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: conference, education, event, travel


Sachi and I will be attending the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) later this month in Washington DC. This will be our first time attending the conference, so you may see us wandering around with lost looks on our faces. Because it's such a huge conference, we're hosting a Tweetup [?] so that we can be sure to meet you. Come say hello!   Date: Monday June 29th, 2009 Time: 4:30-6pm Location: Old Dominion Brew House - Convention Center (we've reserved a room in the back) Map You... Continue Reading

The Best Christmas Gift - From a Driver in Sri Lanka

Posted by: leelefever on December 24, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: google, search, travel, twinf


On Christmas Eve of 2004, Sachi and I made a decision.  We decided that, in one year, we would depart on a year long trip.  We reserved a web site address that night: (TwinF).  In January of 2006 we departed, dedicated to blogging the whole trip. After a glowing recommendation from another traveler along the way, we added Sri Lanka to our itinerary, with some apprehension.  Sri Lanka experiences some domestic terrorism, but it mostly stays in the northern part of the... Continue Reading

What's Missing From This Sign at Airport Security?

Posted by: leelefever on December 7, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: communication, design, offtopic, signs, travel


Me (to the friendly TSA ID checker):  Do I have to remove my laptop computer? TSA Employee: Yes, you do. Me: It's not listed on the sign TSA Employee: Well, it's the most important thing to remove. Me: But not important enough to be on the sign? TSA: It's supposed to be on there, the people that printed it messed up (rolls eyes). The TSA folks have hard jobs and I appreciate what they do. However, it doesn't exactly give me a safe feeling when the instructions for moving through... Continue Reading

Going to Gnomedex and/or BlogWorld Expo?

Posted by: leelefever on August 13, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: conference, event, travel


I'm heading to a couple of tech conferences this Fall and I'd love to meet you there.  Gnomedex - Seattle, August 21-23 Nerds of all types converge on Seattle for Chris Pirillo's annual conference. This will be my 3rd one and it rarely disappoints.   If you're headed to Seattle, or in Seattle and going to the conference, let me know.   Blog World Expo - Las Vegas, September 20-21 This appears to be a big event.  I'm fortunate to be particpating in a panel discussion called "... Continue Reading

China Week: Pretty Pictures for 08-08-08

Posted by: leelefever on August 7, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: china, olympics, travel, twinf


To finish up China week, I'd like to share some of our favorite photos from China. Enjoy the Olympics! Shanghai from the Pearl City Tower   A squished pig from a Nanjing market.   Summer Palace   Locks on Yellow Mountain.  You might remember these from The Amazing Race.   Li River, near Yangshou, China   Li River Karsts, via Guilin, China.   It was a sunny day in Shanghai.  The umbrellas (parasoles?) were to block the sun.    Yangtze River - Three... Continue Reading

China Week: Lessons in Line Breaking (A Story)

Posted by: leelefever on August 6, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: china, olympics, travel, twinf


Below is a short story that was posted to our travel blog from Shanghai.  Almost any visitor to China is likely to experience a higher-than-expected level of competiion while standing in line for something like a subway ticket. In the case below, I had made up my mind to be a competitor.  Unfortunately things didn't work out as planned. From the post: Lessons in Line Breaking   I had made a decision and I was going to act on it.  Gone were the days of standing passively in line while... Continue Reading