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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


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Presentations 2.0

Last week I taught a class (eight times, in fact) which kicked off with a short presentation modeled after Dick Hardt's OSCON talk on "identity 2.0"; I told my students that I had stolen the idea from one person (Hardt) who had stolen it from another (Lessig) and that they in turn should feel free to steal it should the need arise. The style is rapid, visually rich, and fun; watch Dick's performance to get a feel for it.

On the last day of teaching the class I discovered, thanks to a post on David's blog, that this Lessig/Hardt presentation style was being featured at Garr Reynolds' Presentation Zen site. I wrote a longish comment there which I've decided to edit and post here as well, mostly so I can find it again later when I go looking for it.

I saw Dick's talk at OSCON this past summer and came away impressed. For those who are considering trying this style of presentation, here are three things to keep in mind about the style and about Dick's presentation in particular:

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

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Comment from David Gammel , 2 days later

One thing about the Lessig method I've come to realize as I thought about it the past few days: it makes for a very engrossing online presentation.

A lot of presentations are so boring online b/c you have 5-10 minutes of talk per slide. Lessig, with the rapid slide changes paralleling a rapid coversational tone, is great for maintaining attention. I think the presenters cover a lot of ground in a short time as well, which is conducive to online viewing.

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