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Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Ask Later, not (T**** K****)©™ event

Am currently uploading my video "bootleg" of a fine, little Pecha Kucha™ inspired event from Tuesday night at Westminster University. SteveC and TomC, of Open Streetmap (amongst others) fame, have managed to organize a fabulous lineup of speakers talking about everything from the political decline in the UK (not just), Extreme-Suduko cheating/hacking with handmade OCR in Ruby, livecoding music with Haskell98 (Alex, you've got to check out Brainfuck), Harry Potter & 3D scanning entire buildings, levels of indirection and comparing programming languages to football teams, cloning applications and the links Ning has with LambdaMOO; more about ubuntu, Rails and using constraints for your own benefit (also read here), Ghost dog, Hagakure, Braitenberg, Maeda and the general interconnectness of things, the joy of functional programming (in JavaScript), Topic maps (vs. RDF), usability testing and especially usability issues with mapping, story-driven software development, allowing user narratives to unfold online etc....

All in all there were 13 speakers and I have to say it was ++good and highly inspiring. The chosen presentation format really kept everyone's attention focused. I was meant to be a speaker myself, but sadly had to cop-out last minute. I really hope this will become a regular event... Congrats to all involved!

The above mentioned video was recorded with my 6680. I managed to fill up the whole memory card, but only got the first ~50 mins of the event...