Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

13 Apr 2007, 16:08 p.m.

Next Up: A. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Deck

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

We need more videos of Powerpoint Karaoke.

I watched one performance to get a taste of it. And I realized what I might have guessed all along: I've seen performances just as bad (and we weren't allowed to laugh) by people who prepared the slides themselves. Sheer knowledge of the content of the presentation will only get you so far! Let me practice giving a presentation on a topic I know nothing about, and I'll do better than an expert who's assembled the slides but never practiced the presentation.

Danny O'Brien, did you have a Tufte-esque hidden agenda in throwing this shindig?


14 Apr 2007, 15:15 p.m.

Q: Why does Planet use so much memory?<br/>A: Because it's so fucking big, that's why.

I think they should really do this as an exercise either for improv comedians or aspiring public speakers, if in fact there is a meaningful distinction to be drawn between the two.