Back in 2005 in only my fifth use.perl post ever, I outlined an idea I had been developing for a couple of years that I called "Trailer Theory".
A few years ago on my Portable Perl world hack'a'tour, I took with me a lightning talk version of the concept. It was a pretty crude talk but was received, it seemed, fairly well by the development community.
Since that trip, and inspired by the unexpected conversion of my "Perl is unparsable" claims in the PPI docs into a formal mathematical proof (complete with "Kennedy's Lemma") I've been wondering if this "Trailer Theory" idea could really be developed as a proper scientific proof, and if so what would that look like.
A couple of months ago I presented a new version of the talk at Ignite Sydney, speaking to an mixed audience of Twitterati, social media, advertising and journalist types.
I've rebuilt the talk from scratch and tried to outline the same idea, but in the form of a kind of layman's Economics Proof.
I hope you enjoy the result.
Notes for other speakers:
1. Ignite advances slides every 15 seconds, no clickers allowed. This turns out to take a shitload of practice to get right.
2. When someone says to you "Here's your mark, you need to stay on this line to be in the fixed spot" it helps to pay attention. FAIL