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the piano
I’ve been playing
 ~30 years (eek!)
all the pleasure of
programming, none
of the bullshit
invented 1698
flies in the face of usability...
88-point UI
(not counting feet)
12,000 parts
(10,000 moving)
18-30 tonnes across 230 strings
~ 895,000 made each year
£0 - £1.45m
in short: a widespread, cheap,
beautiful, elegant, mature,
evolving, growing technology
“without music, life
 would be a mistake”
            Friedrich Nietzsche
Q: “What are the odds of being
killed by a piano falling on you?”




                    A: “I don't know the exact
     ...
thanks




         rowlf           http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarnie/1372768249/
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3 minutes, one technology: the piano

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For the BathCamp evening event on 21st July 2009 (http://bathcamp.ning.com/events/bathcamponified-3-minutes-one), we asked people to present on "the one technology which has blown you away more than any other".

Rather than choose Spotify, the iPhone or Gmail, I instead picked the piano as my technology: something I've enjoyed playing for (ouch) more than 30 years.

Here, in slides which I tried to present in less than 3 minutes, are some of the reasons why.

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3 minutes, one technology: the piano

  1. 1. the piano
  2. 2. I’ve been playing ~30 years (eek!)
  3. 3. all the pleasure of programming, none of the bullshit
  4. 4. invented 1698
  5. 5. flies in the face of usability...
  6. 6. 88-point UI
  7. 7. (not counting feet)
  8. 8. 12,000 parts
  9. 9. (10,000 moving)
  10. 10. 18-30 tonnes across 230 strings
  11. 11. ~ 895,000 made each year
  12. 12. £0 - £1.45m
  13. 13. in short: a widespread, cheap, beautiful, elegant, mature, evolving, growing technology
  14. 14. “without music, life would be a mistake” Friedrich Nietzsche
  15. 15. Q: “What are the odds of being killed by a piano falling on you?” A: “I don't know the exact chances, but i know it is rare”
  16. 16. thanks rowlf http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarnie/1372768249/ old musicians http://www.flickr.com/photos/josefnovak33/3115676722/ bullshit http://www.flickr.com/photos/slipstreamjc/853577358/ inside http://www.flickr.com/photos/mojoglad/533453798/ complicated http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjnagle/110738644/ hammer http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoder_slanger/2071748555/ action http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17571/17571-h/17571-h.htm pressure http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitzcelt/2795295056/ piano shop http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbasanta/2074962097/ pound http://www.flickr.com/photos/smigol/2467443756/ pedals http://www.flickr.com/photos/davelinger/2594440860/ falling piano http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacek_nl/1149140307/ keys http://www.flickr.com/photos/38355353@N00/411599127/

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