Here are a few things I wanted to point to (more on these topics later)...
Wow. This video is inspiring. And if you liked that (or even if you didn't), you'd probably love my all-time favorite conference (even non-techies love it), SIGGRAPH. Best of all, that's a conference where just the "expo" pass gets you into the most amazing things I've ever experienced. Remind me to tell you about the VR dolphins sometime...
[Thanks Dave Wood (author of the next Head First book) for the video link]
Two interesting brain things:
[Thanks Dan Steinberg for the link]
Also, there's a rather detailed online report about How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, geared more toward school-age children, but still very relevant. I haven't been through the whole thing yet, so I don't have much to say, but it's got some great info.
[Thanks Greg Doench (Prentice-Hall editor) for the link, and isn't it time you started your own blog?]
And just in case there's anyone who out there who somehow missed it, Guy Kawasaki has a blog, and it's wonderful. It definitely falls in the "helps you kick ass" category.
Someone asked in the comments about the upcoming "passionate users" talks, so here's the upcoming schedule:
Emerging Technology (ETech) March 6-9, San Diego, CA (half-day tutorial)
SXSW Interactive March 10-19, Austin TX (short panel)
Webstock May 23-26, New Zealand (big tutorial, plus a keynote session)
Training Director's Forum, June 11-14, Palm Springs, CA (keynote)
GUADEC (Gnome User and Developer European Conference), June 24-30, Spain (keynote)
Cheers and I hope to see more of your book recommendations, or photos of your coffee table on your own blog.
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I've found that touchscreen video a few days ago and was blown away by it. I suppose that I have a bigger interest in computers and user interface than most people, but still, it could really be what pushes things to the next level (finally -- we've been doing things the same way for a while now).
Posted by: Michael G. R. | Feb 13, 2006 7:40:06 PM
The "Mind Rewind" article reminded me of a trick I learned when teaching people new foreign language phrases. If you need them to repeat a long phrase "perfectly", always start with the last phrase first.
I used to try to get people to repeat phrases from the start, like:
2. I love
3. I love old-school ...
But my students pick up phrases much faster if we go from the back to the front:
2. and breaks
3. old-school beats and breaks.
4. love old-school beats and breaks.
Learned the technique while listening to Pimsleur tapes, and it works wonders in the classroom during those (rare) times when we ask kids to repeat a long phrase.
Wonder if they are related phenomenon...
Posted by: Saleem | Mar 2, 2006 12:12:36 AM
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