• Nellie McKay: “The Dog Song”
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    Nellie McKay: “The Dog Song”

    I’d like to dedicate this next song to Carmelo, who was put to sleep a couple of days ago, because he got too old. But apparently he was a very nice dog and he always let the cat sleep in the dog bed. ♫ (Dog panting noise) Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh. ♫ ♫ I’m just a’walking my dog, singing my song, strolling along. ♫ ♫ Yeah, it’s just me and my dog, catching some sun. We can’t go wrong. ♫ ♫ My life was lonely and blue. ♫ ♫ Yeah, I was sad as a sailor, ♫ ♫ I was an angry ‘un too.…

  • The psychology of evil | Philip Zimbardo
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    The psychology of evil | Philip Zimbardo

    Philosophers, dramatists, theologians have grappled with this question for centuries: what makes people go wrong? Interestingly, I asked this question when I was a little kid. I grew up in the South Bronx, inner-city ghetto in New York, and I was surrounded by evil, as all kids are who grew up in an inner city. And I had friends who were really good kids, who lived out the Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde scenario — Robert Louis Stevenson. That is, they took drugs, got in trouble, went to jail. Some got killed, and some did it without drug assistance. So when I read Robert Louis Stevenson, that wasn’t fiction. The only…

  • Steven Johnson: The Web and the city
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    Steven Johnson: The Web and the city

    I want to take you back basically to my hometown, and to a picture of my hometown of the week that “Emergence” came out. And it’s a picture we’ve seen several times. Basically, “Emergence” was published on 9/11. I live right there in the West Village, so the plume was luckily blowing west, away from us. We had a two-and-a-half-day-old baby in the house that was ours — we hadn’t taken it from somebody else. (Laughter) And one of the thoughts that I had dealing with these two separate emergences of a book and a baby, and having this event happen so close — that my first thought, when I…

  • Ze Frank’s web playroom
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    Ze Frank’s web playroom

    Every presentation needs this slide in it. (Laughter) It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Do you see? All the points, all the lines — it’s incredible. It is the network; and in my case, the network has been important in media, because I get to connect to people. Isn’t it amazing? Through that, I connect to people. And the way that I’ve been doing it has been multifaceted. For example, I get people to dress up their vacuum cleaners. (Laughter) I put together projects like Earth Sandwich, where I ask people to try and simultaneously place two pieces of bread perfectly opposite each other on the Earth. And people started laying bread…

  • Enhancing Web 2.0 Accessibility Via AxsJAX: A Tutorial at Google – Charles L….
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    Enhancing Web 2.0 Accessibility Via AxsJAX: A Tutorial at Google – Charles L….

    woman: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the latest instance in the Open Source Developers at Google Speaker Series. Our speaker series is designed to help the public understand more about what some of the open sourcers here at Google are doing in their time here at Google. And I am pleased this evening to introduce Charles Chen and T.V. Raman, both of whom share an office here and work on accessibility issues, and these gentlemen tonight will be discussing enhancing Web 2.0 accessibility via AxsJAX. Gentlemen, take it away. Raman: Thank you, Leslie. [applause] Thanks for coming, everyone. It’s a Monday evening. We really appreciate you showing up…

  • Tim Berners-Lee: The next Web of open, linked data
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    Tim Berners-Lee: The next Web of open, linked data

    Time flies. It’s actually almost 20 years ago when I wanted to reframe the way we use information, the way we work together: I invented the World Wide Web. Now, 20 years on, at TED, I want to ask your help in a new reframing. So going back to 1989, I wrote a memo suggesting the global hypertext system. Nobody really did anything with it, pretty much. But 18 months later — this is how innovation happens — 18 months later, my boss said I could do it on the side, as a sort of a play project, kick the tires of a new computer we’d got. And so he…

  • Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web
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    Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web

    My name is Amit. And 18 months ago, I had another job at Google, and I pitched this idea of doing something with museums and art to my boss who’s actually here, and she allowed me to do it. And it took 18 months. A lot of fun, negotiations and stories, I can tell you, with 17 very interesting museums from nine countries. But I’m going to focus on the demo. There are a lot of stories about why we did this. I think my personal story is explained very simply on the slide, and it’s access. And I grew up in India. I had a great education — I’m…

  • Faster HTML and CSS: Layout Engine Internals for Web Developers
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    Faster HTML and CSS: Layout Engine Internals for Web Developers

    >>Thanks for coming. This talk was started–we were thinking about doing some experiments and around performance in CSS and search the web with search engines found very little. There’s not a lot of research out there on this so it occurred that maybe we should go to the guy with the secret knowledge. How does this stuff really work? We’re poking at the black box but we don’t even know how it works. So, I want to introduce David Baron, he’s a software engineer at Mozilla where he’s worked since 1998. He’s a member of the W3C CSS standards working group and he is here to present.>>BARON: Thanks. So, it…

  • The Web That Wasn’t
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    The Web That Wasn’t

    >>VEEN: Hello, everybody. My name is Jeffrey Veen. I’m a user experience manager here at Google, and it’s my pleasure to introduce Alex Wright today. Alex and I have known each other probably for about 10 years due to the Information Architecture Summit that we go to every year and stuff like that. Alex has been designing information and organizing information for websites for over a decade and has been running in many of the circles that many of you in the user experience group do as well. So, he’s sort of–we run into each other all the time, it’s really quite nice. In his career, he’s built–you built the…

  • Jonathan Zittrain: The Web as random acts of kindness
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    Jonathan Zittrain: The Web as random acts of kindness

    My name is Jonathan Zittrain, and in my recent work I’ve been a bit of a pessimist. So I thought this morning I would try to be the optimist, and give reason to hope for the future of the Internet by drawing upon its present. Now, it may seem like there is less hope today than there was before. People are less kind. There is less trust around. I don’t know. As a simple example, we could run a test here. How many people have ever hitchhiked? I know. How many people have hitchhiked within the past 10 years? Right. So what has changed? It’s not better public transportation. So…