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Slides for the Cardiff Web Scene meet up #4. I'm arguing for imperfection rather than perfection, for getting things done rather than thinking about getting things done...

Slides for the Cardiff Web Scene meet up #4. I'm arguing for imperfection rather than perfection, for getting things done rather than thinking about getting things done...

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  • newton and einstein assumptions, exactitudes, perfection and creativity
  • (when) do we need perfection?
  • I am Mike Ellis I have spent about ten years “doing” the web I am a generalist, fiddler and dabbler
  • I usually do presentations that try to suggest answers.. ..this one is questions, all the way down
  • newton, 1666 (86) stuff continues // f=ma // action and reaction
  • design of stuff around exact, elegant laws
  • a simple description of the physical laws of the universe
  • einstein, 1905 E=mc 2
  • in some circumstances, Newton is only “approximately correct”
  • and “approximately” makes people tense
  • so is life complicated after all?
  • hopefully not
  • after all.. cars drive...planes fly...scooters scoot...clocks run...banks fail...servers start...electricity flows...things fall to the ground...trains run (sometimes)...we get up in the morning...
  • however much you look at something which is measured, "exact", you'll find assumptions: project plans, visitor numbers, motivations, ad-rates, budgets, economic ups and downs, user testing, focus groups, polls...
  • "...we didn't need Einstein to put Armstrong on the moon"
  • "the perfect truth is perhaps not to be had, and certainly isn't necessary for startling and brilliant success"
  • i.e - is an (easy) approximation adequate, or actively better than a (difficult) exactitude?
  • Voltaire (or Flaubert?): “perfection is the enemy of the good” time quality perfection
  • can big teams be creative? can corporate bodies “innovate” ? can a government ever really “do” web 2.0?
  • these are uncertainty
  • “ enterprise” vs “lightweight”, up-time, SLA’s, processors, top-down-ness vs bottom-upness RDF and the semantic web...?
  • obviously, this isn’t an either/or argument but how much “thinking” vs “doing”?
  • making things happen requires assumptions. Assumptions are inaccuracies. Inaccuracies are creative. Creativity is innovation.
  • uncertainty is good if it encourages creativity
  • I am at twitter.com/dmje, if you like that kind of thing thanks for listening. Seesaw http://www.flickr.com/photos/zaxl4/16950197 Wrong way http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsevilla/97727 582 Question http://www.flickr.com/photos/dra chmann/327122302 Duck http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmje/ 2883634706 Newton’s Laws http://www.flickr.com /photos/sunnyuk/2357899880 Simple http://www.flickr.c om/photos/louganmanzke/2722701187 Hair http ://www.flickr.com/photos/ocularsmith/239674652 Chaos http:// www.flickr.com/photos/penny2036/2498097929 Fog Alone in London http://www.gapingvoid.com/0711alone.jpg Sky Moon http://www.flickr.com/photos/balakov/24820 50441 Babel http://www.flickr.com/photos/pulpolux/3841992 43 Escape http://www.flickr.com/photos/practical owl/329076696 Truth http://www.flickr.com/photos/kxlly/34 9894433 Web..? Corporate http://www.flickr.com /photos/dhinson/1439657540 Peace and randomness http://www.flickr.com /photos/stephaneginer/2110759472