Summarizing TED

Tom Rielly has a very funny, very profane, very politically incorrect summary of the conference. Rather than attempting to replicate his unique performance, replete with armies of barbie dolls, powerpoint slides, and references to a “crade to crade scream bag”, Negroponte’s “One Lapdance per Child” intiative, and satanic messages promoting “The Purpose Driven Life”, I’ll offer my own quantitative summary:

Days I spent at TED: parts of 4
Hours I spent sitting in TED sessions: roughly 22
Posts I’ve put up about TED thus far: 44, including this one
Approximate total words in those posts: 19,000
Approximate words per post: 432
Approximate words written per hour at TED: 864
Approximate number of beers I plan to drink this afternoon: roughly equivalent to the number of Al Gore/Brokeback Mountain jokes Tom just told.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled blog. Thanks. TED. for having me, and thanks to all my regular readers for their patience in having this conference briefly hijack this space.

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4 Responses to Summarizing TED

  1. sean coon says:

    no, ethan, thank you. as much as i respect al gore, i can’t envision him liveblogging the event ;-)

    great work!

  2. John Powers says:

    Your coverage of TED was exceptionally good. I’d never have an opportunity to attend conferences like that and so in my own little world imagine them hardly significant. But wait, with your blog reporting I got plenty excited about TED.

    One of my friends in Uganda is very interested in organizing Humanists there. He has tried organizing events and has asked my help. I had suggested to him that blogging be a central feature of a partucular event he had in mind. That suggestion never went anywhere, but your coverage of TED made me think the suggestion really has some merit.

    Thanks for your hard work. I don’t know how you do it, but you did it very well.

  3. Kevin Cheng says:

    Ethan, as a TED attendee, I’ll attest to the quality and detail of your live blogging. Thanks for an excellent recap of everything and sharing it with others.

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