The Origin of HyperCard in the Breakdown of the Bicycle for the Mind


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Colin O'Dell at 17:06 on 8 Apr 2016

The concept was really interesting. Loved the slides! I think the verbal aspect of the presentation could've used a little more polish - for example, perhaps some of the main points could be emphasized more (by talking slower, using repetition, or pausing) to differentiate them from everything else and let them sink in. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed looking at this topic from a new perspective.

Anonymous at 18:21 on 8 Apr 2016

The idea was brilliant: looking back at where we are now. The retro-style slides were great, too.

The content and the execution were quite lacking. I missed a lot of the main points, and it was a little hard to understand.

Brilliant. The concepts Justin championed are extraordinarily compelling, especially the lovely stairway between user and programmer. An achievable path where moving up is no longer such a hard climb. Justin's right - bicycles are more sustainable than cars. He said, "No conspiracy is necessary to maintain the status quo." Wow. Interesting thought to contemplate. I have been exploring many languages and platforms wondering where I want to land. There are fervent supporters for many platforms, but the open source source communities have something the others don't. I think Justin hit upon that. If bicycles for the mind are going to become a reality... they will be open source. :)

Chris at 22:36 on 8 Apr 2016

I loved the concept, and was very amused by the slides (How could I not like the Wordpress Admin recreated in HyperCard?). While I understood the talk, I don't think the points were made as clearly as they could have been. Several of the people I spoke with afterward had tuned out the talk because they couldn't get a fix on what was being said.

Speaker seemed scattered in spots, and there was a point in the latter half of the talk where it seemed to drag a bit, but overall it was definitely interesting and well put-together. Retro slide deck was awesome.

Wordpress in HyperCard!

I enjoyed the talk and learned something from it, but as others have stated the actual delivery could use some polish, and some of the beginning could be shortened to "get to the point" before people start to tune out.

I'd also highly recommend (especially when talking to room primarily of developers) to add some actual ways they can help change the status quo. Often "from the trenches" it's hard to see where you can make a difference and what you can do short of quitting your job and starving :) Some actionable ideas of ways to help things improve would be a nice way to help get past that mental block of "what can I do"

Dave Pooser at 09:39 on 9 Apr 2016

Great concept, great slides, but the delivery could have used a lot of polish. I'd be very interested in seeing what this talk could evolve to with more practice.

Jesse Maxwell at 13:56 on 9 Apr 2016

I feel the concept was good, but the implementation seemed lacking. It was difficult to understand quite a percentage of the talk from the back of the room, as he talked quickly. Again, I think there was a lot of potential, but it seemed it needed work in most ways.

John Kary at 16:28 on 9 Apr 2016

I love abstract talks like this but I had trouble plugging into this one. There were many great one-liners worth contemplating but the speed they were spoken made it hard to let them sink in. Could you slow down and focus your delivery on less points with more supporting details?

Excellent slides/visual presentation! I hope you can refine the delivery to the caliber of the slides.

I liked the idea and the slides were great. The concept of looking back at were we came from and applying that to were we are is brilliant, however the delivery seemed rushed and unprepared. With some polish and more deliberate presentation this could be a winner.

Jason Oeltjen at 13:55 on 10 Apr 2016

Great concept and I think the problem many have is the time it took to "catch on". Perhaps a bit more of a primer and then a little trimming of "fluff" content so you can slow it down a notch and I think it would be a very cool talk.