The View from Sherlock Peoria
What To Do With Ten Minutes
In my time on the Sherlockian event circuit, I've done more than a few presentations on the world's first and foremost consulting detective. After-dinner speeches, pre-movie introductions, mid-afternoon symposium program slots . . . all tending to average about twenty-five minutes. Sure, there have been a few happy hour toasts that ran a minute or three along the way, but trying to bring a presentation in at the ten minute mark . . . that was a new project for me this week.
As I've been sampling various audio podcasts in the last few months, one of my favorites has been "Ten Minute Podcast," a nonsensical comedy riff done by Will Sasso, Chris D'Elia, and Bryan Callen every few days. The trio can fill ten minutes with absolutely nothing (and even that somehow winds up with them fighting -- an ongoing theme). But that's comedy. One good joke have have you laughing for ten minutes, if it gets you going.
So when I was asked to do a ten minute presentation on the topic of my choice, and was looking for something a little unusual, I went off the deep end and decided to do a ten minute class in Sherlockian chronology for the non-Sherlockian.
Doing ten minutes on Sherlockian chronology (wrapped around a Powerpoint skeleton), proved to be a fun little challenge. The time limit really forces you to see what bits of information you really want to impart, and what's really the best use of each of those bits.
I was hoping to throw it all into a YouTube video that I could post a link to this week, but when post-production started taking as long as pre-production, it seemed the better part of valor just to write this little blog-bit.
Perhaps one day, if someone recruits enough ten-minute presentations on Sherlock Holmes, we can put together an all-day symposium that takes only two hours . . . then spend the rest of the day in a pub with a good menu, discussing what just happened.
Your humble correspondent,
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