I'm not even going to try and quote Zach Lieberman's excellent keynote, it'll be up on Vimeo anyway. I can't do it justice, but he really did say some things that lit a fire under me, especially when he called out people who spend their time building corporate demos for tradeshows and posited that CEOs shouldn't be the ones onstage telling the world what the future's going to be. It's true, and I urge everyone, especially any of my colleagues in Perceptual Computing to keep an eye on Vimeo for when it's released (or just my facebook, since I'll be posting and reposting it probably a few times an hour).
Watching the Ignite talks at EyeO tonight, I realized a few things:
- I'm total weak-sauce for not submitting an Ignite talk, since I wouldn't have been the only first time speaker.
- I haven't really given a talk on anything I REALLY care about since I spoke at Ringling.
- If I want to do an Ignite talk next year, I need to start prepping now. Holy jeebus those speakers were GOOD.
I feel like I've been sleepwalking for the last month at least
It's kinda nuts how easy it is to make these in d3, even with animation and interactivity
The second workshop was an applied math tutorial from the man himself, Memo Akten. This course just reinforced to me how we really need to rethink the way we teach math in this country. It also confirmed my suspicion that Memo is a machine. Seriously, the way he talks about numbers and math, you can just tell he processes all that stuff differently than normal humans do, like...he SEES in linear algebra and trig. I'm totally jealous, hopefully it'll come with practice. The two things that I feel made this class work were a) the fact that the information was presented in such a way that concepts either built on top of each other or were otherwise shown in relation to each other and b) PRACTICAL EXAMPLES! Honestly, I've always been comfortable-ish with Trig, but seeing some practical examples, like projector-to-camera mapping, for example, really just locked it in. I put some notes online, they're probably only useful to me, but you're welcome to take a peek anyway: EyeO 2013 Applied Math Notes
...they're useful and make sense!
Day 0 wrapped up with Zach Lieberman's amazing keynote and an incredible round of Ignite talks. I really can't do them justice, so keep checking Vimeo for them, they're all worth watching. Onto Day 1 for talks and hack-a-thons!