Dirty TED

I’ll admit I have a particularly New England reaction to the TED conference, some kind of self-satisfied but silent disapproval of the idea of a conference of special people all listening and applauding each other.

And I feel I should be invited, because I’m a genius.

But more imporantly, no one told me Mike Rowe was speaking* there, damnit:

Mike Rowe celebrates dirty jobs | Video on TED.com.

* About castrating lambs, and unintended consequences. And castrating lambs with your teeth.

Why am I writing this:
Mostly because I’m jealous of TED attendees… seem to move in a different circle from the rest of us. I worry if I miss a day of work that something’s going to get fubar… the cemeteries are full of irreplaceable men and all that notwithstanding. And because I actually think Mike Rowe belongs talking there — because even though he’s a tourist, he’s a tourist who’s willing to eat the local delicacy and drink the water and get, well, duh, dirty.

Video killed the radio star.


Looking at this:

Browser brawl: Street Fighter comes to YouTube – Offworld.

So, yeah. Kinda neat. But the technology just isn’t there. Don’t get me wrong, this is an awesome exploration of what can be done with a ‘new technology’.

But then you look at an ‘old’ technology:

Play With Me

And get blown away.

So, is our goal the notoriety of having a YouTube based ‘game’ or a fully realized experience? (I’m sure in this case, Browser Brawl is a fun experiment, with a little hope for notoriety thrown in. No harm there.)

As a technologist I’m constantly asked “What’s new technology we could do something with?”. And answering that is tricky, for exactly this reason. Is it that we want to be using the latest bleeding edge technology for it’s own sake, or do we have an idea and a vision of what we want for the user, and find the tool that suits?