|Visa for Travel to Brazil
The phone numbers for
the Consulate General of Brazil are as follows:
- Chicago: (312) 464-0244/45
- New York: (917) 777-7610
- Washington, D. C.:
Please note that Brazilian
Visa can NOT be obtained by mail. You can get the visa in person
or through an authorized visa agency as recommended by the Consulate
General. Ask the Consulate General for details.
Here are some phone numbers
for Visa agencies who will help you process the Visa by mail.
You should make travel
arrangement to arrive before 6pm on Tuesday and fly out on Friday
evening, or afternoon, after 4pm. There will be transportation between
Guararapes International airport and Hotel Pontal de Ocaporã,
which takes aproximately one hour.
|This session will formally open
the conference. We will introduce you to people and facilities that
you will need to know for the conference, and answer any question
you may have.
workshops are the heart of PLoP. If you are an author, you will
stay with your workshop group for all the sessions. Please prepare
for each workshop so that each author in your group has a valuable
experience. Your co-authors will do the same for you.
Non-authors are strongly encouraged
to choose a workshop group and work with it for all the sessions.
Your workshop groups may invite you into full participation and,
if so, you should prepare to participate just like another author.
|Games are an integral part of
the PLoP experience. We encourage everyone to participate in the games
as fully as possible. You will find that they add a lot to your PLoP
experience, in terms of mental freshness, personal connections within
the community, and just plain fun!
|This session will bring the conference
to its formal closing. We will introduce you to some of the folks
who will be working on next year's SugarLoafPLoP. Then, we will "workshop"
the conference, to help next year's organizers improve the event.
Finally, we will close with a traditional end-of-PLoP game.
|How Our Conference Will Work
SPA sessions will be about 30 minutes each, with 25 minutes for
authors' presentation and 5 minutes for questions. We
will provide both the overhead projector for transparency and the
Computer/LCD projector for power point/laptop presentation.
WP sessions will be about 1 hour each. All participants are invited
to read the papers in advance, so that they can contribute, during
the session, with constructive criticism about the pattern, using
their own experience of having a paper shepherded at least once.
As the patterns discussed in these sessions are beginning to emerge,
authors would like to hear about the format, the adequacy of notations,
what to include in the several pattern elements, etc.
Writers' workshop (WW) sessions will occur in parallel. So, authors
of SPA and WP sessions, and also non-authors, should choose a group
and stay with this group during all WW sessions. Of course, WW authors
will stay in the group where their paper is placed.
After choosing a group among a group, you can download its papers
to be better prepared to the writers' workshops.
Each WW session will be about 1 hour and 15 minutes in length. There
will be a special 30 minute session at the beginning of the conference
so that each workshop group can be introduced, and work out logistics,
such as how much they want non authors to participate and in which
order the papers will be presented. Besides, there will be a demo
session to illustrate how a writers' workshop works.
There will be in the
schedule some "reading Time" activities, which
are planned to allow you reading the papers, but this will probably
be insufficient. So, please reserve some time in these two weeks
before SugarloafPLoP to read them.
|How the Writers' Workshop Work
Introduction/Reading: Moderator introduces the Author and the Author
reads a selection from the paper. This is the last we hear of the
author til the end. (allow 5 minutes)
Summary: One of the workshop participants summarizes the paper.(5
Positive Feedback: Moderator asks for things people liked about the
patterns. The comments can be about presentation or content, and at
the discretion of the moderator comments about presentation and content
can be intermingled, or done separately. (Allow 15 minutes)
Constructive Criticism:Moderator asks for ways in which the paper
can be improved, both in content and presentation. (Allow 20-40 minutes)
Author Feedback:The author asks for clarification on comments made
during the session. The Author should pick a few of the most important
points. (or ones which were made by the most people.) Further clarification
can be had during off line discussions. (Allow 10 minutes)
Closing: The workshop participants thank the author.
Remember that while the writers' workshop format may seem unfamiliar,
it has been shown to be useful for developing an environment where
pattern authors can share their ideas.
You can learn more about the writers' workshops at: http://www.bell-labs.com/user/cope/Patterns/WritersWorkshops/