Monthly Archives: October 2006

What’s Pop!Tech? Ask a ninja…

Kent Nichols, one of the founders of Ask A Ninja, explains video podcasting the best way he knows how – he asks a ninja. (It turns out that it’s about making apple pies for whales.) Nichols is in an odd … Continue reading

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An abundance of Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson – Mr. Long Tail, editor of Wired Magazine – makes a great decision: assuming that everyone in the audience has either read The Long Tail or knows the argument, he gives a different talk: “What Happens When Things … Continue reading

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Tibet in 3D

Losang Rabgey grew up as a Tibetan refugee in Canada. Her childhood included countless demonstrations in the cold streets outside of empty Chinese embassies. She remembers being stopped by an Anglophone Canadian at one demonstration who asked, “Why are a … Continue reading

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You had me at “erinaceous”

How can you not love a funny, funky lexicographer who titles her talk “ALL YOUR TEXT ARE BELONG TO US”? Or who disclaims her talk by explaining that she’s a female GenXer from the South, and that we shouldn’t take … Continue reading

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Kidnap and release in Iraq

Micah Garen and Marie Helene Carlton went to Iraq in 2004 to make a movie about the looting of archeological sites. Garen’s photos of looted artifacts were published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and he and Carlton shot … Continue reading

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“It’s about time we start criticizing faith” – Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is giving a drive-by talk, arriving, speaking and darting out again. “Drive-by” isn’t a bad description of the tone of the talk – it’s a fierce, scathing talk intended to provoke. He begins with a thought experiment, showing … Continue reading

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Dr. Marty on Science and Faith

Martin Marty knows a litte something about the world of religion, especially about religious fundamentalism. The dangerous idea Professor Marty shares with us: “You are not going to get rid of technology, you are not going to get rid of … Continue reading

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Two hours of Tom Barnett in twenty – thirty? – minutes

Tom Barnett spoke at Pop!Tech two years ago, when I spoke here. His talk literally electrified the room – whether it insired people, challenged them or pissed them off, everyone was on the edge of their seats. Tom, at that … Continue reading

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Appiah’s Golden Nuggets

Kwame Appiah, a philosophy professor at Princeton, offers us a classically philosophical question: “What are we talking about when we talk about western identity and western values?” He offers something of a strange answer: “the golden nugget theory of western … Continue reading

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Playing Make Believe with the Yes Men

The Yes Men – who Andrew Zolli explains are “not identity thieves, but identity correctors” – credit Will Wright for helping start The Yes Men. One of the principals had been working at Maxis, on Sim Copter – he added … Continue reading

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