I had the pleasure of attending Ted Nelson’s 70th birthday lecture
two days ago. It was my first time hearing him speak, and it was
fantastic! I was expecting it to be fairly computery, but the first
words he uttered were along the lines of, “I am tired of talking about computers.”
I wasn’t disappointed. He touched on many a topic, from the end of
the earth, to note taking, to the brokenness of our education systems
(students as prisoners of requirements and obligations – the fun has
been taken out, there are no choices!), to the Brothers Grimm,
linguistics and the history of the European languages, to a bit of HCI
and a rant about the ‘cut and paste’ function, a 3D version of Xanadu,
nuclear war, quitting smoking, police informants, a HIV contact curtain
using strategic self-revelation, the earth’s core, and back to
education (”the perfect curriculum is no curriculum”!).
(I’m sure the above isn’t comprehensive: the pace was fast, and I wasn’t note-taking at every moment!)
It was quite a whirlwind. Awesome stuff.