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Filed under 'powerpoint'

May 31, 2008

Read at Work

Classic literature, camouflaged for reading at your desk. About the only time I’ve liked Flash’s full screen view for anything other than video watching.

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June 1, 2007

Powerful, Pointed Presentations

In case anyone’s looking for them, the slides and (limited) notes from my talk at Ignite Boston last night.

May 24, 2007

powerpoint presentation humor - information aesthetics

Mildly amusing powerpoint-powered standup.

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May 15, 2007

Slideshare: Reveling in their worstness.

Slideshare: Reveling in their worstness.

Most websites would try to hide the fact that someone described them as "The worst website in the history of the world ever?" Slideshare have quoted it on their blog! Respect due.

April 23, 2007


The worst website in the history of the world ever?

Not that it’s a bad site — it’s very nicely put together. I mean “worst” in the sense of “most evil and damaging to humanity”. Slide decks are going to fall into one of two main categories

1) Lots of text and information. Possibly useful as documents, but spectacularly fucking dreadful as presentations. (If the audience is reading your slide, they’re not listening to you)

2) Lots of pictures and headings, but minimal content. Potentially great illustrations if there’s someone giving an informative talk in front of them, but relatively useless to be shared on a website.

On the plus side, I’ll have a metric shitload of ammunition next time I do a presentation on awful powerpoint.

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April 4, 2007

Research points the finger at PowerPoint - Technology - smh.com.au

“Pioneered at the University of NSW, the research shows the human brain processes and retains more information if it is digested in either its verbal or written form, but not both at the same time.”

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March 27, 2007

AOL: Powerpoint paralysis - Valleywag

New ammunition for next time I do a talk on how not to use PowerPoint.

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March 2, 2007

YouTube - Chicken chicken chicken

Everything a Powerpoint presentation *should* be. (http://isotropic.org/papers/chicken.pdf if you want to see the scientific paper on which this talk is based)

June 4, 2006

RandomBrainDump from BarCampBoston

Dell/IBM to Mac laptop ratio seemed to be about 80/20 in favour of PCs.

Monster did a great job of selling themselves. We only saw their “labs” area, rather than the cubicle farm I’m sure exists there, plus a tour of their network operations, to wow the geeks.

glenn’s notes on some of the frustation in the organisation of BarCamp sum up my complaints pretty well. Except I’d also add that the font on the name badges was too small.

Veracode sounds like it will be fascinating. Not sure how much of it is public knowledge, so I’ll keep my mouth shut for now. And I got to meet Dildog.

PB Wiki sucks salty dogs’ cocks in hell forever. Once you saved an edit, no-one else could edit the page for 15 minutes, because you “kept” the lock.

Bil Lewis gave a superb demo of his Omniscient Debugger for Java. He managed a great gotcha moment for the audience when his debugger crashed. “You should debug your debugger,” said a sarcastic audience member. “Good idea!” says Bil, as he shows that he was running the debugger inside a debugger all along. (That this debugger then crashed with a bug only marginally detracted from his showmanship)

The Reddit chaps rock. When the video for their presentation, Ingredients for Web 2.0 Success, is posted, watch it. It got the biggest reaction (and had the most crowded room) of any session of the weekend.

I had the pleasure of giving a ride back to Boston to Eric Skiff of Common Ground, a New York charity, looking to end homelessness. Not put a band-aid over it. End it.

The links I promised that I’d post from my session, Powerful, Pointed Presentations: Creating Passionate Users, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Presentation Zen and Really Bad Powerpoint. And thank you to Larry the Basset Hound for his cameo.

About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.