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from glider to gulf stream (v.1, BlendConf 2013, Charlotte NC)

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two paths to polymathy; leonardo da vinci as an intentional polymath, benjamin franklin as an opportunistic polymath; some shameless-self promotion; a challenge to technologists to embrace the new and still-evolving digital world

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from glider to gulf stream (v.1, BlendConf 2013, Charlotte NC)

  1. 1. from glider to gulf stream
  2. 2. ben vandgrift @bvandgrift ben@vandgrift.com ben.vandgrift.com
  3. 3. http://thinkrelevance.com
  4. 4. What do you do?
  5. 5. PANIC!
  6. 6. interchangeable parts attaching interchangeable parts
  7. 7. wrong.
  8. 8. graphic design copy editor seo expert office manager front end developer javascript developer ruby developer clojure developer software engineer architect business developer ux developer project manager coach chief technical officer director of technology services developer rest developer quality assurance engineer network engineer system administrator devops engineer social media expert human resources recruiting consultant “You are not your job.” -- Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
  9. 9. GTFO
  10. 10. “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
  11. 11. “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
  12. 12. specialization - no.
  13. 13. specialization - no. generalization - also no.
  14. 14. specialization - no. generalization - also no. WAT ??!
  15. 15. polymath. “do all the things.” n. ˈpä-lē-ˌmath a person of encyclopedic learning
  16. 16. shameless self- promotion
  17. 17. the sticks
  18. 18. There’s nothing I hate more than not knowing everything.” “ -- Alton Brown, Culinary Jesus, Polymath
  19. 19. farmer home builder electrician plumbe newspaper editor disc jockey dishwash accountant student tutor pizza driver, musician poet architecture student, civ engineer author factory worker sketch artist system administrator cook webmaster, javascript developer web designer print designer photographer application developer brewer game designer software architect marketing director founder mentor cto public speaker I’vehadalotofjobs.
  20. 20. What do you do?
  21. 21. I solve problems.
  22. 22. ben vandgrift, polymath someday.
  23. 23. Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, polymath. (1451-15??)
  24. 24. 1466 Leonardo the Student
  25. 25. 1472 Leonardo the Doctor
  26. 26. 1480 Leonardo the Artist
  27. 27. literature philosophy visual arts history dance communication linguistics law civics rhetoric performing arts classics political science music theater religion anthropology Humanities
  28. 28. Lorenzo de Medici (portrait by Giorgio Vasari)
  29. 29. “... and I also paint.” -- LdV
  30. 30. from: ‘On Divine Proportions’ Luca de Paccioli, 1509
  31. 31. 1502 Leonardo the Engineer (finally)
  32. 32. painting sculpture drafting architecture chemistry metallurgy metal working plaster casting leather working mechanics carpentry light optics geometry topography anatomy botany cartography physiology geology hydrodynamics music astronomy city planning architecture defense strategy warfare flight notacompletelist
  33. 33. Benjamin Franklin, polymath. (1706-1790)
  34. 34. 1718-1723 apprentice, journalist, vagabond
  35. 35. headline: “Jack of all Trades”
  36. 36. Ye OnionApril 1, 1790 volume #4 issue #2
  37. 37. 1723-1790 printing and publishing
  38. 38. 1733 B. Franklin, author
  39. 39. 1724 humanist, humanitarian
  40. 40. Not Just Coffee, in 7th St Market, Charlotte NC
  41. 41. As to their studies, it would be well if they could be taught every thing that is useful and every thing that is ornamental” “ from “Proposals relating to the education of youth in Pensilvania”
  42. 42. University of Pennsylvania
  43. 43. designbyTomLane-gingermonkeydesign.com
  44. 44. 1748-1790 polymath
  45. 45. this is not a picture of a urinary catheter. you’re welcome.
  46. 46. from: mrsciguy.com/physics/staticelectricity.html
  47. 47. past present future People Food Malthus’ Dilemma
  48. 48. author printer political theorist politician postmaster scientist musician inventor satirist civic activist statesman diplomat governor ambassador investor librarian demographer researcher lawyer philanthropist meteorologis oceanographer minister physicist geologist public speaker theologian patron spokesman also,revolutionary.
  49. 49. full-stack developers a word about
  50. 50. full-stack developers are still specialists
  51. 51. (the people are monads)
  52. 52. specialist? generalist? legendary.
  53. 53. thank you fonts: FFF Tusj, Outlaw, Junction, PlainBlack textures: Mayang Adnin special thanks to: @russolsen and @parenteau

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