My entire dissertation defense presentation in less than three minutes

Here is a video version of the presentation for my dissertation defense (except the nerdy slides with regression tables and such have been removed).  The dissertation was titled, Ghosts in the Shell: An Investigation of the Link Between Automation and the Nature of Work.

Anyone who has completed and defended their dissertation knows that the best dissertation is the done dissertation.  My dissertation is now done as in defended, approved by the committee with all committee member signatures, submitted to the graduate school, approved by the graduate school, and the confirmation email from the graduate school stating that I have completed all the requirements for a PhD in Management has been received.

While the dissertation defense is an altogether unique experience, I reckon the best way to experience a dissertation defense presentation is in fast-forward (rather than in real-time).  Therefore, I have placed my defense presentation online in a video rolling at the rate of 100 slides in 2 minutes and 45 seconds.  So hit play and then sit back and watch a few years of work fly by in less than three minutes.

Ghosts in the Shell: An investigation of the relationship between automation and the nature of work from david touve on Vimeo.


Googly ga ga over airplane decor

Looks like the inner-wranglings of the brilliant Google boys is beginning to hit the press in slow increments. Courtesy a lawsuit over the “refurbishment” of the 767 Google has chosen for its corporate airplane, court documents reveal such important decisions as who gets what kind of bed and where the hammocks with hang (WSJ- registration required). These are of couse very important decisions to be made when corporate executive travel is concerned.

It gets a bit embarassing when people confuse founding a company for entitlement. They seem to forget that what has been built could not have happened without hundreds, if not thousands of other people.

When headlines are horseshit

TechCrunch posted a surprisingly controversial story on Flickr’s choices regarding an API so open that competitors might make use of an import/export feature to lure customers. The story itself is a bit mundane – the question of open data existed before Web 2.0. In fact, Its probably time someone squash the idea that Web2.0 inspired the open data revolution. Openness has been a rather important theme in machine space for a rather long time.

What is interesting is the flow of comments on the piece, including a little tete a tete a tete amongst the founders of Flickr, Zoomr and TechCrunch. So far, we have an executive at a publicly traded company (Stewart Butterfield) posting to an open forum:

(1) Discussions of as-yet unimplemented corporate policy.
(2) Critical comments of the editor of TechCrunch, labeling a story as “horseshit”
(3) Passing insinuation that this editor of TecCrunch used to beat his wife

As someone who, like Stewart, was part of a company acquired by a public entity, I reckon he might want to consider more closely the necessity of engaging discussions like this in open forums. Its only a matter of time before the Yahoo! PR people, and corporate suite, get ahold of this conversation.

Its life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness… in that order

Google finally launched a search terms interface whereby you can home in on the popularity of the various subjects for which we search, with access to this search data over time. I figured it would be interesting to look into those ideals, imaginations and even simple interests to see which we hold the most dear.

Life, Liberty or the pursuit of Happiness:

life, liberty or happiness : Google Trends

Life = blue. Liberty = red. Happiness = yellow

Looks like life comes out on top, by a seemingly wide margin. Of course, Google does not put a scale on the graph, so you are left to wonder just how popular these terms really are.

Heaven or Hell:

Googles Trends

Heaven = blue. Hell = red.

Somewhat surprisingly, given all the talk of fire and brimstone these days, heaven still takes the lead. Most research shows we respond better to rewards than punishment, so this ordering of terms seems to support such a premise, from a search perspective.

Sex, Drugs or Rock n Roll:

sex, drugs or rock n rool : Google Trends

Sex = blue. Drugs = red. Rock n Roll = yellow.

Seemingly no contest here. Sex comes out on top, literally.

Welcome to my www page

Since a signal of authenticity within the blogorama is to suggest you have been blogging since the dawn of weblogs, I figured I would signal my legitimacy within this domain by highlighting my first public web sighting, back in 1993, on a Commodore Amiga. So there. As if…

I’ve been online since…

Thinking back, it seems the first time I went “online” was in 1988 (or 1987).  Amiga computer owned by a friend.  We dialed up, connected to the network at NU and then chatted with someone who might have been at U of I.

I reckon its hard to take the internet for granted when you remember things once being so simple that all you had was a 14.4 modem, and a terminal prompt.