TED vs. the average lecture

Pre-TED, I used to be able to sit through a boring lecture or presentation — diligently taking notes while being sufficiently nourished by whatever small sliver of new insights or information the speaker could provide. I had patience, fortitude, and a long attention span for the bad presentation. TED has extinguished this valuable skill.

Joshua Kim makes a good point on his blog that TED has skewed our view of lectures.  I’ve seen this when talking with people about the various local technical lecture series.  There is a different quality that you get from being a participant in a lecture then just an observer, but there appears to be a lot of inertia against going out to a lecture because of what exists on TED.

Where is Io v1.1 released

I just pushed Where is Io out to the Android market for the low low price of free.  The application presents a “spirograph” view of the 4 large moons of Jupiter over the next 96 hours, including an indicator on the current position.  There are details provided on each of the objects in the system.  Jupiter is just starting to come up in the early mornings, so over the next few months it should be handy.

You can download it directly here:

Or check out the Where is Io page for more screen shots and information (screen shots skipped for this post, because I just put some up in the last post).

It will be a couple of weeks before the next release, as I’ve got a real world building project that has to get done, but rest assured this is just the beginning.