The Australian National University
Department of Computer Science Seminar
"I wake to the burble of an electronic voice"
by Lynette Chiang, Author
Wednesday, August 6, 2003 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00pm
Room N101, CSIT Building, North Road
How does a graduate of Computer Science at the ANU come to be writing about
Cuba from the seat of a folding bicycle? Lynette will talk about how she
went from learning IT on the ANU's DEC-10, through being an "Oracle
oracle", to marketer and author. She will show photos from, and talk about,
her new book "The Handsomest Man in Cuba":
"Jose and Kenia are already up and puttering about. He explains that, as a
surgeon, he has performed many operations for foreigners living in Cuba,
and to express their gratitude a group of them has banded together and
bought him a personal computer. He can't access the internet, nor does it
have much software, but it does tell the time in a most optimistic manner.
One day, they will have Internet."
The great-grand-daughter of one of the first Chinese gold prospectors in
Australia, Lynette Chiang comes from a long line of adventurers. The former
creative director of Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising in Costa Rica and
winner of a coveted Bronze Lion at Cannes, she left the highflying world of
advertising to live in a cabin in the Costa Rican cloudforests with a view
across to the Mountain of the Dead.
Lynette is now at a small Oregon company that custom built the bike she
took to Cuba. Having bicycled alone for 6 years throughout Great Britain,
Central America, up and down volcanoes and from one end of Cuba to the
other, Lynette is already a legend in the world of solo cycle touring.
For more information on Lynette Chiang, see
This is a free talk. No need to RSVP. The Computer Science and Information
Technology (CSIT) Building is on North Road (across from the sports
ps: It happened that Lynette and I shared an interest in folding bicycles
and IT, so I invited her to
give this talk. All welcome.
Tom Worthington FACS email@example.com Ph: 0419 496150
Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd ABN: 17 088 714 309
http://www.tomw.net.au PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617
Visiting Fellow, Computer Science, Australian National University
Publications Director, Australian Computer Society
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