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  • TV is the New Movies | O Danny Boy
    stride at least in dramas The Sopranos Alias Lost Deadwood Six Feet Under Desperate Housewives 24 Gilmore Girls CSI Law and Order Eyes when in the history of the medium have there been at any given time period so many shows of such high quality on the air And this isn t to mention such comedy gems as The Daily Show and Arrested Development as well as the addictive pleasures of Survivor and The Apprentice And now it turns out that not only is TV getting better it might be making us better too Steven Johnson s excerpt from his new book explains to keep up with entertainment like 24 you have to pay attention make inferences track shifting social relationships This is what I call the Sleeper Curve the most debased forms of mass diversion video games and violent television dramas and juvenile sitcoms turn out to be nutritional after all I believe that the Sleeper Curve is the single most important new force altering the mental development of young people today and I believe it is largely a force for good enhancing our cognitive faculties not dumbing them down Ok enough blogging I need to go make myself smarter by watching TV 24 April 2005 Dan Post navigation Spiritual Interfaces IM the Walrus 2 thoughts on TV is the New Movies Danielle Young says 25 April 2005 at 6 05 pm Huh you read the NYT too Reply spcoon says 29 April 2005 at 1 36 am now i m not going to front and say that i don t have a 50 widescreen but nutritional tv is the uber leash of the ruling class in our society advertising product placement sound byte drops and yes 44 minute dramas put more active brains to sleep and in consume

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  • How to Program a Conference | O Danny Boy
    not happen for a variety of reasons but it s worth doing Ethnicity balance This is probably the next big push And the same applies as for gender it might not happen but spend the extra effort to find people who aren t white men to speak It s going to make your conference better Why Because it could expose your audience to a different perspective and that s one reason people go to conferences in the first place The other is to have their own views validated Breaks Never put more than three speaking slots in a row without a break After that the audience can t take it We need time to digest what we ve heard before hearing more Post lunch The post lunch speaking spot is deadly Be sure to put someone lively there Or a workshop or activity to wake people up Talk durations There seems to be three durations that work well for talks 40 minutes 20 minutes and 10 minutes You can get an awful lot of information and interest out of ten minutes witness the TED talks It s a great length for a single story and one strong point Twenty minutes is enough to have a strong main point with several examples Forty minutes is enough to do a complex topic with multiple stories and examples Seldom have I seen talks that go on for more than an hour that are worth listening to for that long Mixing up your talk times is good too A long talk mixed with a short talk can provide variety provided you don t do it too much Topic variety While you don t want to dictate what speakers talk about choose your speakers so that the topics they are likely to cover will vary both in subject matter and perspective Audiences want a mix of the inspirational make me feel better more important smarter and practical give me information I can use Find speakers who will play to one or the other then mix An all practical conference will eventually seem like a slog an all inspirational conference will seem frivolous Have backup speakers I guarantee that it is very unlikely all the people you want to speak will be able to particularly when trying to land some Big Names Have others who might speak in mind Certainly go after your Dream Team but unless you re TED or another high profile conference don t expect to get all of them Speaker quality Do due diligence on your speakers before you select them Can they speak well Are they really the right person to speak to your audience Do they have enough credibility in the field to speak on this topic What will your audience think of them Always pay your speakers Always pay your speakers travel Always give your speakers free conference admission It s amazing how many conferences want speakers to provide their services for free Now of course for non profits

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  • Word of the Year Finalist?! | O Danny Boy
    Muthu says 25 December 2008 at 11 43 pm Hi Just few days ago I bought and reading your book Designing for Interaction really loved it About your coolest coined word topless meetings I feel it really it deserves to be one of the best WOTY Thanks Balakumar Muthu http i5bala com Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment

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  • Topless in the Echo Chamber
    Entry In Praise of a Water Bottle At the airport on the way to Austin last week I bought a bottle of water Or more precisely I bought the plastic container that the water came in The water was just a bonus The bottle by SEI Water is shaped like a large hip flask or canteen instead of the typical round cylinder and it feels sturdier too I spent a little bit more for this water bottle because I liked the form factor The bottle drew comments everywhere I went because and here is the point when I was done with it I didn t throw it out like I do with every other water bottle I kept refilling it rather than discard it It fit so well in my hand and looked so good with its sleek Helvetica Neue logo I didn t want to get rid of it once its initial use was up Five days later I still have it An airport water bottle That s good design Recent Entries This RSS Feed Has Changed Five Things I m Thinking About How to Program a Conference Why I ll Never Write Fiction Again 50 Before 50 Thoughts on my 40 Before 40 List Designing Devices Albums of the Year 2009 Top 25 Albums of The Decade 2000 2009 Designing for Interaction 2 Archives September 2010 August 2010 June 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006

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  • Turning into the Skid | O Danny Boy
    I hope I m as lucky Right now though it feels a little like playing chicken with the world Who will blink first 5 October 2008 Dan Post navigation Mad Men is a Better Show than The Sopranos Word of the Year Finalist Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Wordpress Hashcash needs javascript to work but

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  • Pushing the RSS Reset Button | O Danny Boy
    Once I got over the D oh feeling it was actually pleasant a weight off my shoulders I can actually tell at a glance what is new I need to do this more often 27 July 2007 Dan Post navigation Review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Interaction08 Call for Submissions 2 thoughts on Pushing the RSS Reset Button Jamin says 27 July 2007 at 2 02 pm I do this for the IxDA list feed every few days And it is oh so satisfying to see several hundred unread messages go to none Reply Ryan says 29 July 2007 at 6 37 pm It s amazing how RSS plays such an important role in my day anymore I m scared of the RSS Reset Button Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Wordpress Hashcash needs javascript to work but your browser has javascript disabled Your comment will be queued in Akismet Pages Books Articles Presentations Portfolio Blog Press Interviews Contact Search Search Blog Categories Books Design Life Music Television Uncategorized Recent Posts 2015 Bibliography My Top 10 Albums 2015 My Favorite Design Articles 2015 Job

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  • Blogs as Education | O Danny Boy
    about 30 feeds Then I went and found blogs that were saying interesting things about subjects about which I only knew a little bit but wanted to know a lot more mobile and devices I found a handful of blogs that are outside my comfort zone speaking different terminology and well thinking differently I m going to use these blogs and any others you might suggest about devices and mobile to educate myself about new subject areas This might be old hat for many of you but it s new to me My 130 or so blog feeds are mostly friends and acquaintances many of whom do the same things I do I want to stay current with that of course but I also want to learn more about other interesting stuff out there So this is like most things an experiment In case you re curious the new blogs I subscribed to are Little Springs Design Small Surfaces MEX Wireless Wonders Crunchgear Pocketfactory and Touch 5 October 2006 Dan Post navigation Good Day Me in NYC 2 thoughts on Blogs as Education Kevin says 27 October 2006 at 9 42 am If you haven t marked these here are a couple mobile related blogs suggested by a Vancouver usability guy Paul Hibbitts http www mobilecommunitydesign com There s a list of blogs in the bottom right corner of this page too http www littlespringsdesign com blog I think you have some of them marked already though Maybe you ll find anything useful on Paul s Small Screen Interfaces page http www paulhibbitts com smallscreenlinks html Reply Stephen Cook says 2 March 2007 at 2 13 pm Here s and education site I found interesting and full of content http www careersandeducation com Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your

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  • Krikey! Dan’s Down Under | O Danny Boy
    on the barbie will ya mate 23 September 2006 Dan Post navigation On Simplicity Creating Inspired Design Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Wordpress Hashcash needs javascript to work but your browser has javascript disabled Your comment will be queued in Akismet Pages Books Articles Presentations Portfolio Blog Press Interviews Contact Search Search Blog Categories Books

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