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  • The "TED" Conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is one of the most amazing conferences in the world, especially since you have probably never heard of it.
    Yawn. I have heard of it, which is why I yawn. It's mostly self-important people talking about boring things to other self-important people.

    • There is admittedly a self-importance streak running through the conference. However, the standard of PRESENTATION is awesome.
      • by pudge (1) on 2008.03.24 1:59 (#61764) Homepage Journal
        Yeah well -- and this is not at all intended as a criticism, just pointing out a difference (and hell, if anything, it is probably more a criticism of myself than of you, since your talks are generally a lot more entertaining than mine!) -- you care a lot more about presentation than I do. The presentation is WAY down at the bottom of the list of importance to me. I could listen to a very "boring" speaker for hours talk about what I think of as an interesting topic with an interesting perspective or insight, and a "great" presentation about a topic I don't care about -- or worse, a topic I do care about, but that brings nothing new or interesting to the topic -- will grow tiresome to me within minutes.

        I honestly couldn't care less about the "standard of presentation." Kathy Sierra gave a presentation at OSCON many people enjoyed. I thought it was one of the worst things I'd sat through in a long time because in my opinion she said absolutely nothing. She presented that nothing really well, but I hated it. But I sat through other "terrible" presentations that I enjoyed much more.

        Of course, ideally, it would be both interesting/insightful AND have an excellent presentation, and your point about learning from these talks stands.

        Completely off-topic side note: how terrible is it that I had to look up Kathy Sierra's name by Googling for "threats woman online"? :-(