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Pechakucha at PPL June 3, 2008


My "skeptic" response to Romina Gutierrez, Janie Hermann, Bob Keith, John LeMasney, and Julie Strange.

My "skeptic" response to Romina Gutierrez, Janie Hermann, Bob Keith, John LeMasney, and Julie Strange.

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  • 1. Pecha Kucha (gezundheit)
    • The Skeptic’s Response
    • A response to what I think the others might have said…
    • From a (trying hard to be) skeptical Peter Bromberg
  • 2. Wait, YOU are the skeptic?
  • 3. So I’m no James Randi… … but also not an early adopter
  • 4. Which brings us to tonight’s
    • Less time with family might not be a bad thing...
    • So What?
  • 5. So What?
    • Technolusty: “Friends (with technology) with benefits”?
    • Will it Fill a need? Like my three-in-one cellphone, nail-clipper, vegetable-peeler.
  • 6. Specialized Search Engines + Is that what you get when you cross Google with a Prius?
  • 7. Specialized Search Engines
    • Real estate’s not hard to find- every house on my block is for sale - they’re practically giving ‘em away!
  • 8. Specialized Search Engines?
  • 9. Virtual Reference
    • Instead of answering your questions in the library while wearing bunny slippers
    • Insomniacs who want to know the name of the actress in that Love Boat rerun they’re watching (it’s Judy Landers)
  • 10. Virtual Reference Customer Comments: “I like that it’s free” sure shows up a lot!
  • 11. Virtual Reference
    • Fast Service
    • Free Service
    • Live Person (beats the alternative)
    • Nice person (also, beats the alternative)
    • Expertise of librarian
    • Always Open (like your favorite diner)
    • Didn’t have to leave my house (customers have bunny slippers too, you know)
  • 12. Gaming
    • All Robert needed to know he learned from “World of Warcraft”
  • 13. Gaming
    • I was the 1973 King Elementary School “Pong” champion
  • 14. Gaming: What I Learned
    • It is possible to sit 3 inches in front of the TV for 8 hours a day without burning out one’s retinas.
    • Playing video games all day, every day for a few years beats working.
    • Getting a new game for the console is roughly as exciting to a 14 year old as learning that aliens have landed and taken over the white house.
  • 15. Social Networks Caveman Facebook Status update: Melancholy — dad just eaten by a wild boar…
  • 16. The premises of Twitter (and many othe social networking sites)
    • There are 48 hours in a day (there’s disposable time to waste!)
    • There is no work to be done…
    • People are interested in hearing about why I hate my office mates (they smell, they make funny noises, they take my stuff)
    • Sharing random details of our lives makes us “friends”
  • 17. Social Networks
    • Like I need to know that Julie just favorited the “sleepy kitten” video?
  • 18. Sharing Online
  • 19. Sharing Online
    • He likes beer
    • He has a beautiful new baby boy
    • He likes beer
    • He writes pretty good poetry
    • He likes beer
    What I’ve learned about…
  • 20. This is tagged “fun” on John’s blog And that’s THE WORD! Thank You!!