iPod and Dog: TED Talks

I listened to TED Talks podcasts on the drive back from our weekend camping trip in New York state.  Here were the presentations that I found the most interesting.

Pastor Rick Warren is the author of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” which has sold more than 30 million copies.  He talked about his philosophy on how to experience a life of fulfillment, the role that our Life View plays in our everyday experience, and best uses of money and influence.

Julia Sweeney is a comedian and playwright from Saturday Night Live fame who did the first 17 minutes of her new one-woman play, “Letting Go of God.”  It was hysterical.  The essential crux of the story was when she turned seven-years-old and went into the kitchen to be greeted by her parents when her Dad said, “Being seven means you’ve reached the age of reason and are now capable of commiting any and all sins against God and man.”  Very funny stuff.

Another very funny and insightful TED presentation was by Sir Ken Robinson, a senior advisor to the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, who made an entertaining and moving case for overhauling our education system.  “Why shouldn’t dance be as important as mathematics?”

Al Gore’s TED presentation got my vote, as do all of Gore’s presentations.  Here Gore gives examples of making smart, sustainable environmental decisions and passionately appeals to going beyond partisanship in addressing the climate changes we now face.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.