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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 26 Jan 2018, 12:23

Doing a Ted Talk? Don't you get paid for those? Or are you just trapped in the room all day as your reward?

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Post by Dangerman » 26 Jan 2018, 14:03

"My daddy bought me a ski trip, and all I got was this lousy TEDTalk."

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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 26 Jan 2018, 14:14

TED talks are like school. Mostly crap but occasionally something worth paying attention to.

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Post by Jake » 26 Jan 2018, 15:27

I'd do a TED Talk in a heartbeat. It's not about whether they're really all that useful (or remunerative); it's about other people, some of whom are in positions of power and influence, hearing that you've done a TED Talk. That gets you a seat at certain tables that might not otherwise be open to you.

(This is not to say that people who are unimpressed with TED Talks are wrong; it's just that thoughtful people who've thought about TED Talks for more than thirty seconds are far more rare than the ones who still assume that "gave a TED Talk = modern Einstein".)
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Post by Warren » 26 Jan 2018, 17:42

Sure, I'd do a TED TAlk in a heartbeat, but nobody is going to ask me to do a TED Talk. If I did anything worthy of a TED Talk, I might not want to sully my accomplishment/reputation with a TED Talk.
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Post by Aresen » 26 Jan 2018, 18:24

Warren wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 17:42
Sure, I'd do a TED TAlk in a heartbeat, but nobody is going to ask me to do a TED Talk. If I did anything worthy of a TED Talk, I might not want to sully my accomplishment/reputation with a TED Talk.
That is very Marxist.

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Post by Ellie » 30 Jan 2018, 22:58

A crazy hard video game!

I should have listened to Warren. He was right again as usual.

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Post by Jadagul » 31 Jan 2018, 06:09

Jake wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 15:27
I'd do a TED Talk in a heartbeat. It's not about whether they're really all that useful (or remunerative); it's about other people, some of whom are in positions of power and influence, hearing that you've done a TED Talk. That gets you a seat at certain tables that might not otherwise be open to you.

(This is not to say that people who are unimpressed with TED Talks are wrong; it's just that thoughtful people who've thought about TED Talks for more than thirty seconds are far more rare than the ones who still assume that "gave a TED Talk = modern Einstein".)
Question for the room: TEDx talks don't have the same cachet that Ted talks do, right? My employer is hosting a TEDx thing and I'm wondering if I should try to give a talk there.

Honestly, might be good practice for hypothetical future talks even if it in itself doesn't get me much of anywhere.

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Post by JasonL » 31 Jan 2018, 09:17

Jadagul wrote:
31 Jan 2018, 06:09
Jake wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 15:27
I'd do a TED Talk in a heartbeat. It's not about whether they're really all that useful (or remunerative); it's about other people, some of whom are in positions of power and influence, hearing that you've done a TED Talk. That gets you a seat at certain tables that might not otherwise be open to you.

(This is not to say that people who are unimpressed with TED Talks are wrong; it's just that thoughtful people who've thought about TED Talks for more than thirty seconds are far more rare than the ones who still assume that "gave a TED Talk = modern Einstein".)
Question for the room: TEDx talks don't have the same cachet that Ted talks do, right? My employer is hosting a TEDx thing and I'm wondering if I should try to give a talk there.

Honestly, might be good practice for hypothetical future talks even if it in itself doesn't get me much of anywhere.
TEDx events are locally organized and can be of any topic. They are not passed through whatever sorts of Big Think of Our Time criteria normal TED talks use. Anyone can create one. So, no, to the extent TED has cachet, TEDx has less.

I agree that for all that and even for all the mockery you might get, the practice is probably pretty valuable, especially if you capture and are amenable to feedback.

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Post by Aresen » 31 Jan 2018, 10:20

Jadagul wrote:
31 Jan 2018, 06:09
Question for the room: TEDx talks don't have the same cachet that Ted talks do, right? My employer is hosting a TEDx thing and I'm wondering if I should try to give a talk there.

Honestly, might be good practice for hypothetical future talks even if it in itself doesn't get me much of anywhere.
I'd watch.

You'd probably go beyond my comprehension at the first polysyllable, but I'd watch.
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Post by dhex » 31 Jan 2018, 10:48

if nothing else it'd be good practice for future presentations, but even within the tremendously variable band of quality that exists for ted*, the tedx stuff is often mercurial.
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Post by Warren » 31 Jan 2018, 11:16

That's what toastmasters is for.
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Post by Sandy » 31 Jan 2018, 12:58

dhex wrote:
31 Jan 2018, 10:48
if nothing else it'd be good practice for future presentations, but even within the tremendously variable band of quality that exists for ted*, the tedx stuff is often mercurial.
Yeah, there's pretty much a cottage industry of YouTube videos roasting cringey talks from TEDx events. But as long as you just want to use it to practice and you're giving a real talk that's not about why the moon is appropriating Mayan culture or whatever, there's not much downside I can think of, and a fair amount of upside.
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Post by Andrew » 01 Feb 2018, 22:09

This has to be one of the most bizarre Wikipedia articles I've ever read:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Traven

I'd assume it was entirely invented except he was the author of Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 01 Feb 2018, 22:51

Andrew wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 22:09
This has to be one of the most bizarre Wikipedia articles I've ever read:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Traven

I'd assume it was entirely invented except he was the author of Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
There's always Emperor Norton, but that's genuinely strange.
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Post by Andrew » 03 Feb 2018, 09:12

Eric the .5b wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 22:51
Andrew wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 22:09
This has to be one of the most bizarre Wikipedia articles I've ever read:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Traven

I'd assume it was entirely invented except he was the author of Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
There's always Emperor Norton, but that's genuinely strange.
This is the part that really blew my mind:
In 1933, the writer sent the English manuscripts of his three novels – The Death Ship, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Bridge in the Jungle – to the New York City publishing house Alfred A. Knopf for publication, claiming that these were the original versions of the novels and that the earlier published German versions were only translations of them. The Death Ship was published by Knopf in 1934; it was soon followed by further Traven books which appeared in the United States and the United Kingdom. However, comparison of the German and English versions of these books shows significant differences between them. The English texts are usually longer; in both versions there are also fragments which are missing in the other language. The problem is made even more complex by the fact that Traven's books published in English are full of Germanisms whereas those published in German full of Anglicisms.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 03 Feb 2018, 19:41

At a whacky, conspiratorial guess? Neither English nor German was his first language.
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Post by Andrew » 03 Feb 2018, 20:16

Eric the .5b wrote:
03 Feb 2018, 19:41
At a whacky, conspiratorial guess? Neither English nor German was his first language.
I hadn't considered that. I was thinking extremely fluent in both languages or two guys working together. Whatever the explanation, though, it's a superhuman devotion to fucking with people.
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Post by Kolohe » 07 Feb 2018, 09:24

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Post by JasonL » 07 Feb 2018, 09:32

Haha.

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Post by Mo » 07 Feb 2018, 09:52

I don't know what's better, William Price-Hound or "It's time for some Bayesian Inference"
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Post by Sandy » 07 Feb 2018, 10:07

Mo wrote:
07 Feb 2018, 09:52
I don't know what's better, William Price-Hound or "It's time for some Bayesian Inference"
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Post by dhex » 07 Feb 2018, 10:38

leon thotsky is high quality.
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Post by Mo » 07 Feb 2018, 19:54

How has it taken over 2 hours for this to appear on the gryll? Son I am disappoint.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/richard-p ... lon-brando
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Post by Jadagul » 07 Feb 2018, 20:06

Kolohe wrote:
07 Feb 2018, 09:24
Kolohe wrote:
11 Oct 2013, 13:37
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The sequel
I have skipped reading that several times in the past week. That was a mistake. The mistake has now been corrected.

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