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Taking It Back

  1. 1. I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE AND IT HAS PRIMARY COLORS
  2. 2. INN-fairygodmother $: sudo su PASSWORD: *************** bash 3.2 fairygodmother #: WAND-L -server -poof! fairygodmother #: NEW DATA-CRAWLING SERVER DEPLOYED fairygodmother #: COMMENCE HOLDING THE POWERFUL TO ACCOUNT fairygodmother #: -kthx -bai
  3. 3. INN EAST Now with free coffee! Cambridge, MA
  4. 4. Get Excited & Make Things
  5. 5. HEY GIRL. I INVENTED THE WEB. NO BIG DEAL.
  6. 6. 3 biggest problems
  7. 7. WHAT IS THE SMALLEST THING I CAN DO?
  8. 8. A FOOL IS ONE WHO HAS NEVER MADE AN EXPERIMENT
  9. 9. Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining hiswives' mouths. - Bertrand Russell
  10. 10. WHAT EXPERIMENTS DO YOU HAVE TO DO
  11. 11. DOES ANYBODY WANT THIS?
  12. 12. There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes
  13. 13. “Good tests kill flawed theories; we remain alive to guess again.”
  14. 14. NO.
  15. 15. Simplest crucial experiment: ask a user
  16. 16. IS A CRAPPY SAMPLE SIZE
  17. 17. IS ALSO A CRAPPY SAMPLE SIZE
  18. 18. WILL MY BOSS LET ME DO THIS
  19. 19. WILL THE BOARD LET US DO THIS?
  20. 20. Don’t do anything for free that you wouldn’t do for free indefinitely.
  21. 21. DO I WANT TO DO IT?
  22. 22. Everything about something
  23. 23. What can I do without anyone’s assistance or permission?
  24. 24. RELATIONSHIPS FIRST
  25. 25. GET STARTED QUICKLY
  26. 26. GET AROUND OTHER MAKERS
  27. 27. TALK ABOUT YOUR IDEA AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE
  28. 28. DON’T WORRY ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE STEALING YOUR IDEA
  29. 29. EMAIL: lisa@investigativenewsnetwork.org TWITTER: @lisawilliams LISA ON GITHUB: http://github.com/lisawilliams
  30. 30. • • • • • • • • • • • Chemistry lab, euthmann, flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/78147607@N00/2097760322/ Molecule, The Alieness, Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36613169@N00/57341575/ Bad experiment, ThatBill Fellow http://www.flickr.com/photos/27120874@N03/4059471685/ Experiment in progress, jurvetson: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/2798315677/sizes/l/ Boss, Alan Cleaver: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11121568@N06/4446487398/ Board, Fairfax County: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47833064@N03/5710486497/ Empty Theater, Jaako: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56944727@N00/297820961/ Legos, Woodley Wonder Works: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73645804@N00/2472232245/ 3D blocks, Funt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61423903@N06/7632796322/ Big Deal, Lars Plouggman: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75062596@N00/97205739/ Speedometer, Nathan E http://www.flickr.com/photos/7843389@N02/2300190277/

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