So, I presented my paper. It was better for me because I talked it rather than reading it. It was okay. I repeated myself a few times. I presented a few bits of information that were truly interesting to the audience, I think. Someday I want to write a book, like David Sedaris, and laugh about how terrible I used to be at all of this.
At least the conversation that ensued was interesting. Also, the conference organizers are always like, “let us know if you’re using technology, but really, don’t count on being able to use technology.” I read this as probably there won’t be technology. Or, prepare two versions of your paper one with/one without technology (which is just way too much work). Despite these obstacles, I’ve decided that power points are a necessary evil for these kinds of things.