After LCA last year I wrote about “speaking stacks” and conference questions . In that post I did some rough calculations on the amount of conference time taken by questions and determined that anyone who asks one question per day at a conference such as LCA (with about 600 delegates) is going to be asking [...]
Brianna Laugher wrote a blog post about the speaking stack used in the free software activism BoF at LCA 2013 .
Occupy Wall St uses what they call a progressive speaking stack – this means that white men step back in the queue and people from marginalised groups step forward .
During the free software [...]
I just watched an interesting TED talk by Pankaj Ghemawat (of which the most important points are summarised in a TED blog post) about the world not being as globalised as people expect . One point is that only 2% of traditional voice phone calling minutes (and ~6% when you include VOIP) are for international [...]
Web Video and Global Innovation
Chris Anderson (the curator of TED) gave an insightful TED talk about Web Video and Global Innovation . Probably most people who have used the Internet seriously have an intuitive knowledge of the basic points of this talk, Chris had the insight to package it together in a clear manner.
This evening I arrived at the LUV  meeting half an hour before it started. I was one of about a dozen people sitting in the room waiting, some of us had laptops and were reading email but others just sat quietly – the venue is sometimes open as much as an hour before the [...]
The TED conference franchise has been extended to TEDxVolcano , this is a small conference that features people who are stranded by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. As usual TED is an inspiration to us all, so there is obvious potential for other conferences to be organised in similar situations – there’s no [...]
Currently there is an ongoing debate about a joke that was made during a lecture about free software. I have previously written about why I think it’s inappropriate with regard to children in the audience . For those who are interested in following this mess Matthew Garrett has written an interesting follow-up post with some [...]
I previously wrote about the appropriate references to porn in lectures about Computer Science . It seemed that by providing a short list of all the appropriate ways that porn could be mentioned in a lecture some people might get the idea that the infinite variety of other potential ways that porn could be mentioned [...]
There is currently some discussion about a talk which used pornographic imagery and jokes to illustrate points about Ruby programming . A similar event happened in 2006 here is the description of the event from the author – which includes an unreserved apology .
It seems to me that the current discussion focusing on what [...]
My previous post about my LCA mini-conf talk received an interesting comment from Christopher Neugebauer.
He said that he had some trouble understanding me because I speak quickly, he wasn’t the first person to make that complaint (it’s the most common complaint I receive). If a talk goes well then I have a lot to [...]