The beauty of data visualization (TED)

I have watched David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization and I really like it. It's amazing how much easier it is - at least for me - to grasp things when they are visual. David quotes Rosling and says "Let the dataset change your mindset", I like that one. David McCandless turns complex data … Continue reading The beauty of data visualization (TED)

Bring on the learning revolution!

I just watched Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! over at TED. It's a great speech with an important message. In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents … Continue reading Bring on the learning revolution!

Dan North on Our Obsession with Efficiency

When browsing Øredev's videos from the 2009 conference I found another one that interests me. Dan North talks about Our Obsession with Efficiency. The description says: So here's the thing, I don't believe in efficiency. It's our obsession with efficiency that has got us into the current technology mess, and which has led almost directly … Continue reading Dan North on Our Obsession with Efficiency

Hans Rosling: Asia’s rise — how and when

A post at Presentation Zen, Hans Rosling & the art of storytelling with statistics, took me to TED and the presentation by Hans Rosling at TEDIndia. Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. … Continue reading Hans Rosling: Asia’s rise — how and when

Scott Hanselman on Information Overload and Managing the Flow

The videos from Øredev 2009 are starting to show up. Scott Hanselman had a keynote on Information Overload and Managing the Flow that I missed at the conference but now have seen on video. The program text says: As developers, we are asked to absorb even more information than ever before. More APIs, more documentation, … Continue reading Scott Hanselman on Information Overload and Managing the Flow

Speaker at Øredev 2009

I am scheduled to speak at Øredev 2009, an IT Conference for Sharing Knowledge. Øredev is the premier conference in Europe focused on the software development process. Nearly 1000 programmers, developers, engineers, educators, testers and managers gather to share their knowledge and experience. My presentation is scheduled on November 5 in the track Aspects of … Continue reading Speaker at Øredev 2009

JK Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech

On Twitter @ColinLewis mentioned the JK Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech from June 5 2008 on the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. It's a brilliant speech with wit and wisdom, I have listened to it several times already. Total time is around 20 minutes, time well spent. There are several versions available, these … Continue reading JK Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech