The Last Powerpoint


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Just an attempt to craft a message. When do I get my MacBook Air?

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  • So yeah, this is my lame attempt to win a Mac Airbook in the Slideshare competition. But greed is not my reason. I was happily reading my gmail this morning and someone spammed me to go look at his/her entry. And it was so bad I almost spit my cheerios across the room. And as I paged through the other entries, it got worse. I had to stop. If you are reading this, dear Slideshare viewer, you are seeing one of the rarely used features of both PowerPoint and thus Slideshare - the notes field, where it is intended for speakers to not only prompt them for key points but also to provide extra information to the viewer via printed versions. And when you upload a big old PowerPoint to Slideshare, it automatically adds them to your slide. It is like, oh, yeah, METADATA, As a side note, I have been nagging the Slideshare folks for years to make it so URLs are automatically turned into links when published to their site, and even offered to send them a good grep expression to do this. It is drop dead easy. But who am I? Nobody. But only about 0.001% of PowerPoint users add notes (I am making that number up, but I bet it is small). And this is one of my gripes- that the Presentation file is not the presentation - see Now see, don’t you wish Slideshare had made that a real link? Not such a silly idea. But so often I read a blog about a presentation and I go to look at the thing on Slideshare…and I am thumbing through images and word slides feeling like I am looking at random images in some freshman Psychology experiment. If people synch recorded audio and/or add relevant info to their notes field, as I am doing here, then we get more MEAT to the presentation. And in this particular presentation, there are lots of things in the notes! Comments! Context! Snark! Think of it as the voice of the presentation… And have I mentioned how much I love Guy Kawaski and have read his blog for like 25 years? I really dug the panel session he emceed at SXSW last year. Oh, he is a judge on this contest? I did not do that! Do you think I would be so lame as to kiss ass in my comments? Maybe. So this is my bit on “The Last PowerPoint”.
  • The Last Powerpoint

    1. The Last PowerPoint
    3. Observation
    5. question If you had to do one last presentation before you died…
    6. Would it be by Bullet Points? <ul><li>Born on dark stormy night in 1963 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mother rushed to hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Car got a flat tire </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dad learns how to hitch a ride </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hey no cell phones back then! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weighed a whopping 9 lbs 9 ozs! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guess who was one month overdue </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoying a bit of time in that comfy place </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Okay it was not dark and stormy, or night, that just sounds more dramatic </li></ul></ul>Slide 1 of 20,4176
    7. What About Chart Gunk?
    8. Grab a Tacky Template? <ul><li>Why Not? </li></ul><ul><li>There Are Like 3 to choose from! Oooh that one with the ties! </li></ul><ul><li>Cute! </li></ul><ul><li>People Love Things They Have Seen Before! Don’t Surprise them with crazy originality! </li></ul>
    9. Cute Animals cannot get enough of ‘em
    10. cool new minimalism Yep, these big text word slides or lots of screens with big flickr creative commons licensed photos that reek of metaphors!
    12. meme it? not
    13. the message
    14. the message do each presentation like it was your last?
    15. Gack on that! How Hallmark !
    16. head fake! (nod to Randy Pausch)
    17. the message do everything like it was your last!
    18. watch, listen, live