Attention Streams, Taking Pictures, Java in Brazil, and Presenting Differently

by Daniel H. Steinberg

This week, Rael Dornfest and Tim O'Reilly continue their preview of next month's Emerging Technology conference, Bruno Souza talks to us about Java in Brazil, conference photographer James Duncan Davidson discusses his art, and Why the Lucky Stiff shows us that conference presentations can be much more creative than they tend to be. (DTF 02-17-2006: 28 minutes 37 seconds)

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Distributing the Future February 17, 2006: "Attention Streams, Taking Pictures, Java in Brazil, and Presenting Differently"

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1:30 Attention Streams

Rael Dornfest and Tim O'Reilly continue their preview of next month's Emerging Technology conference. With all of the information streaming by you every minute, are those who can't keep their attention focused on any one thing for too long better suited for this world we're building? (8:15)

9:45 Taking Pictures

If you've been to an O'Reilly conference in the last year or so, you may have noticed the official photographer quietly moving among the crowd or perching his camera on a monopod during a keynote to grab just the right shot. James Duncan Davidson's talents and interests have always been split between art and technology. He's been a pretty serious hobbyist photographer over the years, and now he's moved into the realm of the professional. (7:10)

16:55 Java in Brazil

In this third and final part of our conversation with Bruno Souza, this prominent Java developer explains why Java is an important part of the open source story in Brazil. (4:45)

21:40 Present Differently

Why the Lucky Stiff gave a very unusual presentation at last year's OSCON. Here we highlight his performance, which included a shadow puppet show, animation shorts, and live music. (6:15)

Total running time: 28:37

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of ITConversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Skype, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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