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Next Week, 500+ Geek Talks Around the World

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the cheaper-than-ted-talks-too dept.

Education 60

Brady Forrest writes "Next week, from March 1-5 there will be ~65 Ignite events happening around the world. Ignite is an opportunity for geeks to share their passions and ideas with local peers. Each speaker gets 20 slides that each auto-advance after 15 seconds for a total of just 5 minutes. The result is bite-size chunks of information that inform the crowd on new topics. Most of the Ignites will be streamed on the new Ignite video site."

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500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (2, Funny)

PaulBu (473180) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280126)

;)

Re:500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (2, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280148)

15 seconds per slide for a total of just 5 minutes.

It'd be advantageous to all of our family's sanity if Aunty Jane and Uncle Joe's holiday slides presentation had that rule....

Re:500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280182)

Mark is a 45-year old white male with a stocky build and a beard. His head is shaved. He responded to my ad to be interviewed for this article wearing only leather pants, leather boots and a leather vest. I could see that both of his nipples were pierced with large-gauge silver rings.

Questioner: I hope you won’t be offended if I ask you to prove to me that you’re a nullo. Just so that our readers will know that this isn’t a fake.

Mark: Sure, no problem. (stands and unbuckles pants and drops them to his ankles, revealing a smooth, shaven crotch with only a thin scar to show where his genitals once were).

Q: Thank you. That’s a remarkable sight.

(laughs and pulls pants back up). Most people think so.

Q: What made you decide to become a nullo?

(pauses). Well, it really wasn’t entirely my decision.

Q: Excuse me?

The idea wasn’t mine. It was my lover’s idea.

Q: Please explain what you mean.

Okay, it’s a long story. You have to understand my relationship with Scott before you’ll know what happened.

Q: We have plenty of time. Please go on.

Both of us were into the leather lifestyle when we met through a personal ad. Scott’s ad was very specific: he was looking for someone to completely dominate and modify to his pleasure. In other word, a slave.

The ad intrigued me. I had been in a number of B&D scenes and also some S&M, but I found them unsatisfying because they were all temporary. After the fun was over, everybody went on with life as usual.

I was looking for a complete life change. I wanted to meet someone who would be part of my life forever. Someone who would control me and change me at his whim.

Q: In other words, you’re a true masochist.

Oh yes, no doubt about that. I’ve always been totally passive in my sexual relationships.

Anyway, we met and there was instant chemistry. Scott is a few years older than me and very good looking. Our personalities meshed totally. He’s very dominant.

I went back to his place after drinks and had the best sex of my life. That’s when I knew I was going to be with Scott for a long, long time.

Q: What sort of things did you two do?

It was very heavy right away. He restrained me and whipped me for quite awhile. He put clamps on my nipples and a ball gag in my mouth. And he hung a ball bag on my sack with some very heavy weights. That bag really bounced around when Scott fucked me from behind.

Q: Ouch.

(laughs) Yeah, no kidding. At first I didn’t think I could take the pain, but Scott worked me through it and after awhile I was flying. I was sorry when it was over.

Scott enjoyed it as much as I did. Afterwards he talked about what kind of a commitment I’d have to make if I wanted to stay with him.

Q: What did he say exactly?

Well, besides agreeing to be his slave in every way, I’d have to be ready to be modified. To have my body modified.

Q: Did he explain what he meant by that?

Not specifically, but I got the general idea. I guessed that something like castration might be part of it.

Q: How did that make you feel?

(laughs) I think it would make any guy a little hesitant.

Q: But it didn’t stop you from agreeing to Scott’s terms?

No it didn’t. I was totally hooked on this man. I knew that I was willing to pay any price to be with him.

Anyway, a few days later I moved in with Scott. He gave me the rules right away: I’d have to be naked at all times while we were indoors, except for a leather dog collar that I could never take off. I had to keep my head shaved. And I had to wear a butt plug except when I needed to take a shit or when we were having sex.

I had to sleep on the floor next to his bed. I ate all my food on the floor, too.

The next day he took me to a piercing parlor where he had my nipples done, and a Prince Albert put into the head of my cock.

Q: Heavy stuff.

Yeah, and it got heavier. He used me as a toilet, pissing in my mouth. I had to lick his asshole clean after he took a shit, too. It was all part of a process to break down any sense of individuality I had. After awhile, I wouldn’t hesitate to do anything he asked.

Q: Did the sex get rougher?

Oh God, yeah. He started fisting me every time we had sex. But he really started concentrating on my cock and balls, working them over for hours at a time.

He put pins into the head of my cock and into my sack. He attached clothespins up and down my cock and around my sack. The pain was pretty bad. He had to gag me to keep me from screaming.

Q: When did the idea of nullification come up?

Well, it wasn’t nullification at first. He started talking about how I needed to make a greater commitment to him, to do something to show that I was dedicated to him for life.

When I asked him what he meant, he said that he wanted to take my balls.

Q: How did you respond?

Not very well at first. I told him that I liked being a man and didn’t want to become a eunuch. But he kept at me, and wore me down. He reminded me that I agreed to be modified according to his wishes, and this is what he wanted for me. Anything less would show that I wasn’t really committed to the relationship. And besides, I was a total bottom and didn’t really need my balls.

It took about a week before I agreed to be castrated. But I wasn’t happy about it, believe me.

Q: How did he castrate you?

Scott had a friend who was into the eunuch scene. One night he came over with his bag of toys, and Scott told me that this was it. I was gonna lose my nuts then and there.

Q: Did you think of resisting?

I did for a minute, but deep down I knew there was no way. I just didn’t want to lose Scott. I’d rather lose my balls.

Scott’s friend restrained me on the living room floor while Scott videotaped us. He used an elastrator to put a band around my sack.

Q: That must have really hurt.

Hell yeah. It’s liked getting kicked in the balls over and over again. I screamed for him to cut the band off, but he just kept on going, putting more bands on me. I had four bands around my sack when he finished.

I was rolling around on the floor screaming, while Scott just videotaped me. Eventually, my sack got numb and the pain subsided. I looked between my legs and could see my sack was a dark purple. I knew my balls were dying inside.

Scott and his friend left the room and turned out the light. I lay there for hours, crying because I was turning into a eunuch and there wasn’t anything I could do about it.

Q: What happened then?

Eventually I fell asleep from exhaustion. Then the light switched on and I could see Scott’s friend kneeling between my legs, touching my sack. I heard him tell Scott that my balls were dead.

Q: How did Scott react?

Very pleased. He bent down and felt around my sack. He said that it felt cold.

Scott’s friend told me that I needed to keep the bands on. He said that eventually my balls and sack would dry up and fall off. I just nodded. What else could I do at that point?

Q: Did it happen just like Scott’s friend said?

Yeah, a week or so later my package just fell off. Scott put it in a jar of alcohol to preserve it. It’s on the table next to his bed.

Q: How did things go after that?

Scott was really loving to me. He kept saying how proud he was of me, how grateful that I had made the commitment to him. He even let me sleep in his bed.

Q: What about the sex?

We waited awhile after my castration, and then took it easy until I was completely healed. At first I was able to get hard, but as the weeks went by my erections began to disappear.

That pleased Scott. He liked fucking me and feeling my limp cock. It made his dominance over me even greater.

Q: When did he start talking about making you a nullo?

A couple of months after he took my nuts. Our sex had gotten to be just as rough as before the castration. He really got off on torturing my cock. Then he started saying stuff like, “Why do you even need this anymore?”

That freaked me out. I always thought that he might someday take my balls, but I never imagined that he’d go all the way. I told him that I wanted to keep my dick.

Q: How did he react to that?

At first he didn’t say much. But he kept pushing. Scott said I would look so nice being smooth between my legs. He said my dick was small and never got hard anymore, so what was the point of having it.

But I still resisted. I wanted to keep my cock. I felt like I wouldn’t be a man anymore without it.

Q: So how did he get you to agree?

He didn’t. He took it against my will.

Q: How did that happen?

We were having sex in the basement, and I was tied up and bent over this wooden bench as he fucked me. Then I heard the doorbell ring. Scott answered it, and he brought this guy into the room.

At first I couldn’t see anything because of the way I was tied. But then I felt these hands lift me up and put me on my back. And I could see it was Steve’s friend, the guy who took my nuts.

Q: How did you react?

I started screaming and crying, but the guy just gagged me. The two of them dragged me to the other side of the room where they tied me spread eagled on the floor.

Steve’s friend snaked a catheter up my dick, and gave me a shot to numb my crotch. I was grateful for that, at least. I remember how bad it hurt to lose my balls.

Q: What was Steve doing at this time?

He was kneeling next to me talking quietly. He said I’d be happy that they were doing this. That it would make our relationship better. That kind of calmed me down. I thought, “Well, maybe it won’t be so bad.”

Q: How long did the penectomy take?

It took awhile. Some of the penis is inside the body, so he had to dig inside to get all of it. There was a lot of stitching up and stuff. He put my cock in the same jar with my balls. You can even see the Prince Albert sticking out of the head.

Then they made me a new pisshole. It’s between my asshole and where my sack used to be. So now I have to squat to piss.

Q: What has life been like since you were nullified?

After I got over the surgery and my anger, things got better. When I healed up, I began to like my smooth look. Steve brought friends over and they all admired it, saying how pretty I looked. It made me feel good that Steve was proud of me.

Q: Do you have any sexual feeling anymore?

Yes, my prostate still responds when Steve fucks me or uses the buttplug. And my nipples are quite sensitive. If Steve plays with them while fucking me, I have a kind of orgasm. It’s hard to describe, but it’s definitely an orgasm.

Sometimes Steve says he’s gonna have my prostate and nipples removed, but he’s just kidding around. He’s happy with what he’s done to me.

Q: So are you glad Steve had you nullified?

Well, I wouldn’t say I’m glad. If I could, I’d like to have my cock and balls back. But I know that I’m a nullo forever. So I’m making the best of it.

Steve and I are very happy. I know that he’ll take care of me and we’ll be together always. I guess losing my manhood was worth it to make that happen for us.

Re:500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280330)

Wow. Just wow. At first I thought there was gonna be a 'geek' joke in there somewhere. But after reading it several times I realized that maybe, just maybe, there was something wrong with that guy. Wow.

That's sure to take your mind of 500 geeks talking *simultaneously*.

Re:500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280196)

The only thing that smells worse than a geek is 500 geeks

Re:500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (2, Funny)

Clover_Kicker (20761) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280236)

Actually your nose shuts down after the first 150 or so.

Ever been in a modern chicken barn or (gods help you) a fox farm?

Re:500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280272)

The only thing that smells worse than a geek is 500 geeks

Sounds like you've never been around sweaty niggers.

Re:500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280508)

Whoo-wee. Man, my first experience with sweaty niggers was at a college party. They were the typical "in-yo-face" type and they wore tank-tops so that their man-stink wafted all over the place. They tried to muh-dikk on some Japanese girls who were quite put-off by the animalistic stinkiness and loudness of the negroes.

I've never been to a basketball game, but I imagine they're much worse, especially since they're held indoors under hot lights with no ventilation for the wet-dog/crotch-rot stench to escape.

Re:500 geeks talking *simultaneously*? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280568)

My first nigger experience was at university. First time I went to the uni club, a massive group of niggers had a brawl on the upstairs balcony, over "YO DISS'IN MA BITCH???".
The whole group were expelled, but their nigger stink hung around for hours.

The result (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280348)

"The result is bite-size chunks of information that inform the crowd on new topics".

No. Actually the result is a lot of shallow talk about some relatively unformed ideas.

Re:The result (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31281022)

The forecast is large accumulations of uninformed bellyaching and some mixed factual insight here and there with a chance of scattered Rickrolls.

Around the world? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280158)

There are events in the US, Australia and ... that's it. Sounds like the World Series.

Re:Around the world? (1)

c_sd_m (995261) | more than 4 years ago | (#31286766)

Um, what? Both the first and third links have maps with little pins all over the place including Lima, Bangalore, Madrid, Nairobi, Montreal, and Cape Town. The list of events is missing at lot of them but clicking on the towns will get you local event pages [oreilly.com] . From the third link: "Ignite is coming to 60+ cities on 6 continents during the first Global Ignite Week, March 1-5, 2010."

Re:Around the world? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31287320)

The second link has this list of upcoming events:

Ignite Wellington #1 Tuesday, March 2, 2010 (All day)
Ignite Sydney 1 Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 17:30
Ignite Sydney 4 Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 17:30
Ignite Denver 6 Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 18:00
Ignite Philly 5 Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 19:00 1201 Frankford Avenue
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ignite Anchorage 3 Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 19:00 5225 Juneau Street, Anchorage, Alaska
Ignite Cincinnati #2 Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 17:30 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ignite Sebastopol 3 Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 18:30 230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, California
Ignite Raleigh 2 Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 19:00 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina
Ignite Portland 8 Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 02:00
Ignite Tulsa 2 Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 07:00 311 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ignite Seattle 9 Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 07:00 2130 6th Avenue, Seattle, Washington
Ignite Brisbane 1 Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 18:00 226 Grey Street
QCA Graduate Centre (enter behind The Ship Inn), South Brisbane, Queensland
Ignite Salt Lake 4 Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 18:00 638 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ignite Salem 4: Global Ignite Week Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 19:45
Ignite Fort Collins 4 Friday, March 5, 2010 - 01:00 802 West Drake Road, Suite 101, Fort Collins, Colorado
Ignite Automotive 1 Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 18:30
Ignite Denver 5 Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 08:00

There are a lot of markers on the map (which takes forever to load, btw, so I completely missed that when I first looked). Those markers however don't lead to event information. The "cities" page appears to list more cities, but when I click on any of those, I only get an almost blank page telling me "No videos yet, stay tuned". No event information whatsoever. The only actual event information I can get from that site is the list above, which only contains events in the US and Australia.

Re:Around the world? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31287560)

Make that the third link...

Let Me Calculate (1)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280202)

Fifteen seconds per geek? After the obligatory movie quotes and boastings about having a girlfriend/wife, that really doesn't leave much time for the tech talk.

Re:Let Me Calculate (5, Funny)

xenn (148389) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280230)

Turn in your geek card immediately. Reading comprehension in mandatory.

Re:Let Me Calculate (3, Funny)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280274)

Reading comprehension in mandatory.

In mandatory what?

Re:Let Me Calculate (4, Funny)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281666)

Reading comprehension in mandatory.

In mandatory what?

Yeah, he really shot himself is the foot with that one.

Re:Let Me Calculate (2, Funny)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281710)

Yeah, he really shot himself is the foot with that one.

That seems really too good to be true.

Re:Let Me Calculate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280320)

Reading comprehension in mandatory.

Apparently grammar skills are not required to possess a geek card.

Re:Let Me Calculate (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#31284864)

You say that like it's a bad thing.

OMG its twitter irl (2, Funny)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280232)

Can they add the rule where its kept to a maximum of 140 characters as well?

Re:OMG its twitter irl (1)

xenn (148389) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280270)

... but listening to each character speak 3.571428571429 times is just silly. Why not have 500 characters speaking?

Re:OMG its twitter irl (1)

c_sd_m (995261) | more than 4 years ago | (#31286922)

At the one I attended, they ran a second projector with a twitter feed. Yep, 5 minute presentations were too much and needed to be condensed into a set of tweets. Either that or people needed to be told what to think about the talks.

Pointless (0, Flamebait)

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280310)

Seriously. How pointless. Ideas are cheap. Ideas are free. Ideas are a dime a dozen. Ideas are [insert cliched metaphor about overwhelming abundance here]. What a waste of time. We have the Internet. We have freakin' Slashdot. Ignite is not only redundant, it's likely to be a freak show. Full of otaku and Timecube types.

Ideas are worthless without execution, and execution doesn't happen without money (with the sole exception of open source software). I could give a 20 slide 5 minute presentation about 40 different tech-related things but I'm not even going to bother to watch the online video of that event because I've heard it all before, just like all of you have, and I'm getting heartily tired of having my face pressed up against the glass of the candy store wishing I had a nickel in my grubby little hand.

I'll keep reading Slashdot, keep wading through all the stories about the advancing copyright police state to find the few interesting stories about hardware being built by people who do have a few nickels. But I won't listen to a bunch of losers just like me, full of ideas and enough technical know-how to be dangerous, but going nowhere fast.

Re:Pointless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280360)

Wow, angry about your life not turning out the way you hoped?

Re:Pointless (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280426)

Seriously. How pointless. Posts are cheap. Posts are free. Posts are a dime a dozen. Posts are [insert cliched metaphor about overwhelming abundance here]. What a waste of time.

You get the idea.

Re:Pointless (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280604)

Seriously. How pointless. Ideas are cheap. Ideas are free. Ideas are a dime a dozen. Ideas are [insert cliched metaphor about overwhelming abundance here]. What a waste of time. We have the Internet. We have freakin' Slashdot. Ignite is not only redundant, it's likely to be a freak show. Full of otaku and Timecube types.

Ideas are worthless without execution, and execution doesn't happen without money (with the sole exception of open source software). I could give a 20 slide 5 minute presentation about 40 different tech-related things but I'm not even going to bother to watch the online video of that event because I've heard it all before, just like all of you have, and I'm getting heartily tired of having my face pressed up against the glass of the candy store wishing I had a nickel in my grubby little hand.

I'll keep reading Slashdot, keep wading through all the stories about the advancing copyright police state to find the few interesting stories about hardware being built by people who do have a few nickels. But I won't listen to a bunch of losers just like me, full of ideas and enough technical know-how to be dangerous, but going nowhere fast.

1. Networking: find people who are interested into tech and want to HIRE!
2. Geek Gals: find a lovely maiden who will not resist intellectual talk.
3. Something to do: fighting boredom.

Re:Pointless (0, Flamebait)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280824)

1. Networking: find people who are interested into tech and want to HIRE!

Uh, tech economy's in the shitter, nobody's hiring unless you count Best Buy which would pay me less than I'm already collecting on unemployment. NEXT!

2. Geek Gals: find a lovely maiden who will not resist intellectual talk.

They don't exist. Once in awhile you'll find an ordinary attention whore who says she plays Halo now and then just to get the ego-fix from scores of horny losers. Try to talk to one of those about computer architecture. "Lol lets talk about anime instead! Dragon Ball Z is the coolest show*" NEXT!

3. something to do: fighting boredom.

Hence, trolling Slashdot. And no, I'm not Areyoukiddingme, but I do relate.

* Dragon Ball Z is by far the most puerile, retarded show ever made. The fight scenes are retarded, the characters are stupid-looking and wear the perpetual squinty-eyed shit-eating grin of a pedophile watching the swings at the park. Retarded, retarded, retarded.

Re:Pointless (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280928)

"Uh, tech economy's in the shitter, nobody's hiring unless you count Best Buy"

Maybe your specific area of the tech economy is in the shitter, but I'm sitting nice and happy in the specialized-application semiconductor sector.

"They don't exist."

If I weren't married I'd bone the shit out of a ten years younger Kim Komando.

Re:Pointless (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 4 years ago | (#31284702)

You're just a huge douche aren't you? No wonder you're unemployed... 'hur dur intelligent women don't exist!' You might think so I suppose, because when they see you coming they run .

Re:Pointless (1)

sictransitgloriacfa (1739280) | more than 4 years ago | (#31282742)

Hur hur hur! Thag have silly idea to make cave from wood! Where Thag going to get wood? How Thag going to cut wood? Thag wasting time. No pay attention to Thag.

Well, TED did jump the shark this year (4, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280334)

So in other words, this will be TED without the elitism (used to be you had to get "invited", now you can't join at all except to pay $1k to get streaming video), astronomical ticket prices ($6000 to attend the conference!), etc?

Christopher Poole, founder of 4chan, was invited to talk this year at TED.

"Eyyyyy!" *splash*

Re:Well, TED did jump the shark this year (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280630)

http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/185

Also, from a reddit interview with TED founder Chris Anderson:

"It's kind of a myth to think that if we would only cut the price, everyone could show up and join in. We have an event that is sold out a year in advance, and we can't make it much bigger than the 1,500 who come now (plus 400 in Palm Springs) because it would get too impersonal. If we cut the price (which is normally $6k), it wouldn't allow any more people to come, it would just increase the number on the waitlist. At the same time we'd be losing the dollars that have paid for the creation of our website and allowed free distribution of the content to the world. (TED is a nonprofit -- all the conference profits get recirculated to TED.com, TED Prize, and other programs. No one's making money.)

I agree, it's right to reserve some places for people who can't afford the admission, and that's why we introduced the Fellows program. Each year about 40 people get fellowships ... but they're chosen out of more than 2,000 who apply. And as you noticed, we offer a reduced rate to some nonprofits and educators.

Happily the TEDx program has spawned literally hundreds of independent TED events that charge $100 or less for admission. We think more than 50,000 people have attended one of these in the past 12 months, so that's a lot more TED access than there's ever been before."

Re:Well, TED did jump the shark this year (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281360)

Happily the TEDx program has spawned literally hundreds of independent TED events that charge $100 or less for admission.

Happily you can go to a LUG meeting in a thousand places every month, almost always for free, and learn something neat and engaging about technology.

Come on by DLSLUG on Thursday if you're near New Hampshire, James Murdza is presenting the Awesome window manager, some kind of GUI you customize with Lua scripts. Free, of course.

If you want the bigger-picture philosophical discussions, you'll have to come to the pre-meeting dinner and beer drinking event.

And we don't have the highly impersonal barrier of 1500 attendees. :)

TED puts out some great prezos, but let's not pretend it's not price rationed. If there's such a big waiting list they're throwing away money by not raising the price further.

9M reasons why no lottery with cheaper tickets (0, Offtopic)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281524)

"It's kind of a myth to think that if we would only cut the price, everyone could show up and join in.

It's not a matter of how many people. It's a matter of who. Hence the term ELITIST.

We have an event that is sold out a year in advance, and we can't make it much bigger than the 1,500 who come now (plus 400 in Palm Springs) because it would get too impersonal.

They already limit the number of tickets sold, so this is hogwash. They could easily do a lottery.

Instead, a $6000 entry bar means that only the rich get into TED. Sure, they let a dozen or two "fellows" in the door for free, but that's out of 1500.

I'm sure the $9M in ticket sales also has nothing to do with it. Folks: it doesn't cost $9M to put up a website and hold a conference or two a year.

Re:9M reasons why no lottery with cheaper tickets (1)

SerpentMage (13390) | more than 4 years ago | (#31282524)

>I'm sure the $9M in ticket sales also has nothing to do with it. Folks: it doesn't cost $9M to put up a website and hold a conference or two a year.

I am sorry, but having been in the conference business for 15 years, you would be surprised what it costs to host an event...

Let's start shall we:

1) Food: You got to feed the people, and that costs at around 100 to 300 per day per person. You think this is crazy? Absolutely it is, but if you are in any hotel or conference center they will explicitly force this on you.

2) Venue: You need a venue, and to get a venue for 1500 people is not easy. You are in what one can call middle league. It is the last step before you have to go to the really big venues, which cost even more.

3) Accessibility, Helpfulness: You need people to make the place accessible, and you need helpers saying, "oh you didn't look on the map and you are asking me where a room is because you are too lazy? Its right in front of you, and have a good day."

4) Tech and Internet crew: If you think food is expensive, wait until you need tech, and Internet. Welcome to the world, "I am going make you bend over and it will hurt!"

The problem is that if you get 3000 to 4000 people you need a much bigger venue, which is more expensive and less personal.

You call it elitist, they will call it quality. And Ted is doing the right thing, by making all of the materials available for free.

So sorry I think you are wrong...

Re:Well, TED did jump the shark this year (3, Insightful)

afabbro (33948) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281582)

I wouldn't pay fifty cents to see another TED video. They're all the same. Someone who is famous for something stands in front of a pretty slideshow and states 3-4 little-known facts that are interesting and draws obvious inferences from them. He then says thanks and that's it. Heck, I could read the backs of Trivial Pursuit cards and get the same thing. I have yet to see a TED video where the presenter ties all of his ramblings together into a prediction, or a new synthesis. They are all just regurgitated fact-sharing.

It would be all-right if the fact-sharing was educational or comprehensive. "I'm going to explain the housing bust to you" or "let me explain how X works". Great. But TED is neither comprehensive nor educational. It's just random observations, hypothesis, exposition, and "let me tell you a story" stuff.

I watched one by Misha Glenny not long ago. I've read and enjoyed his books, but the TED video was like sitting with him after he's had a few beers and listen to him talk stream-of-consciousness. Kinda interesting but after a few minutes you start to think "where is all this going?" and it turns out it's going nowhere. His books told the story of post-war Eastern Europe and had a definite goal. The TED video felt like "they paid me to stand up here and entertain you for 10 minutes".

Every single video is like that! TED is waste of time.

Re:Well, TED did jump the shark this year (1)

indiechild (541156) | more than 4 years ago | (#31282544)

I don't see what your problem is. They're telling their stories, what's wrong with that? You didn't expect them to solve all the world's problems in a 15-minute talk did you?

Re:Well, TED did jump the shark this year (1)

hoofinasia (1234460) | more than 4 years ago | (#31284390)

The TED video felt like "they paid me to stand up here and entertain you for 10 minutes".

Every single video is like that! TED is waste of time.

Unless you enjoy entertainment.

Fova.tv (1)

uncledrax (112438) | more than 4 years ago | (#31284762)

Might I suggest Fova.tv as an alternative?

Fora has less of the 'look at my gadget|idea' but more 'panel discussion on topic X'.. and they aren't put on by Fova.tv themselves.. they just web-air panels from other organizations. Some videos are interesting, some not, but all are usually longer, and in more depth, then the ones on TED.

I thought that's called: (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280694)

IRC! ;)

It's a ton of fun - highly recommended (1)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280806)

Re:It's a ton of fun - highly recommended (1)

MrCrassic (994046) | more than 4 years ago | (#31284226)

I really liked your photography. Excellent work!

Geeks Vs Nerds (1, Informative)

markass530 (870112) | more than 4 years ago | (#31280838)

I've maintained for a while, that I am a nerd, into computers, and tech stuff etc.I Also say that I am not a geek, because "Geeks" are Star Trek, anime, and get dressed up as such characters (and other things I think are retarded) . I point to Slashdots title, news for nerds, as exhibit A. (A majority of stuff on the site is about nerd stuff, not geek stuff). Anyone agree/Disagree?

Re:Geeks Vs Nerds (1)

aldld (1663705) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281182)

I disagree. But that's probably because everyone has their own slightly different definition of geek and nerd.

I consider myself to be a geek, but I don't get dressed up as characters, I don't like anime at all. Star Trek is okay, but I'm not anywhere near being obsessed with it.

Re:Geeks Vs Nerds (1)

mirix (1649853) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281366)

People that play dress up aren't just nerds or geeks, they're dweebs.

Re:Geeks Vs Nerds (3, Interesting)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#31282012)

I mostly agree. I've been saying for some years now that back in the day, geeks/nerds were people who were passionate about some out-of-the-mainstream interest. SF, computers, model railroads, real railroads, chess, war games, obscure bits of history...
 
But nowadays 'nerd' is synonymous with what would have been called a 'computer geek'.
 
The meaning of geek has suffered an even worse fate - geek now means conformity. It's not just about being into Star Trek or anime, it's about having seen and being into the right anime. About knowing the popular cultural references. About having read the right books and seen the right movies. (Hence the phrase "geek cred" and "turn in your geek card")
 
I don't call myself a geek or a nerd nowadays, because both terms have been rendered essentially meaningless.
 
Hmm... I guess I don't agree after all.

Re:Geeks Vs Nerds (1)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 4 years ago | (#31283522)

Geek now means conformity [...] it's about having seen and being into the right anime [...] I don't call myself a geek or a nerd nowadays, because both terms have been rendered essentially meaningless.

Heretic! Turn in your geek card!

Re:Geeks Vs Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31284534)

I mostly agree. I've been saying for some years now that back in the day, geeks/nerds were people who were passionate about some out-of-the-mainstream interest. SF, computers, model railroads, real railroads, chess, war games, obscure bits of history...

But nowadays 'nerd' is synonymous with what would have been called a 'computer geek'.

The meaning of geek has suffered an even worse fate - geek now means conformity. It's not just about being into Star Trek or anime, it's about having seen and being into the right anime. About knowing the popular cultural references. About having read the right books and seen the right movies. (Hence the phrase "geek cred" and "turn in your geek card")

Hmm... I guess I don't agree after all.

Considering you've contemplated the elusive nature of the meaning of the terms geek and nerd to such an extent that I suspect you of being sad as you realize that the terms are losing their original meaning, you Sir, are a geek

Re:Geeks Vs Nerds (1)

slack_prad (942084) | more than 4 years ago | (#31282646)

I am a human being ..
Labels like these are for soup cans. Not me and you. I am what I am. Social categorization like this disgusts me. Sadly, people in USA are brought up that way. They have to belong to a group which does certain things.

Just because you are part of a social label you are supposed to bahave and dress and act in a way? Fuck that.

Slides? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280842)

As in... PowerPoint format? Keynote format? PNG files? What is it?

Re:Slides? (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 4 years ago | (#31284902)

Kodachrome.

Geeks? Dunno about you guys... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31280870)

...but at the ignite presentations in phoenix, we have everything from data visualization to food information to how to survive a zombie attack. It's not just for code monkeys, it's for people.

65 events.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31281240)

and the closest one is atlanta ? wow come on people actually live in here in the south.. cant you at least do one in miami?

Why not Pecha Kucha? (3, Informative)

lennier (44736) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281290)

15 slides for 20 seconds... this sounds like an unbranded knockoff of Pecha Kucha [pecha-kucha.org] , which has 20 slides at 20 seconds.

I know the PK crowd is haunted by architects and designers and artisty Mac-using types... and maybe they're a bit tight with control of it... but why not just join/run PK events in your area, or create more? Why does the world need two names/brands for what's the same idea?

Get out of the house for a few hours. (1)

Ifandbut (1328775) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281886)

Finally, an event in my area (Salt Lake) that actually appeals to my interest. Maybe I'll actually leave the house for a few hours next week.

Figures, no geeking out here.... (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#31281978)

It figures: my town (and state capitol) has no Ignition event planned. Nope, the only ignition we have here is the variety that begins with a match and lighter fluid.

Did I mention our town had a Slashdot Meetup (meetup.com) some years ago, but it fizzled for lack of interest? *sigh*

This isn't TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31302218)

Just what the fuck is the point of an arbitrary time limit when you're broadcasting via the web?

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