[Texas] Have you prepared a Lightning Talk for PyTexas?

Jason Galyon jtgalyon at gmail.com
Tue Aug 24 18:40:00 CEST 2010

On Tue, 2010-08-24 at 11:14 -0500, Brad Allen wrote:
> Not many have responded to this as of yet  (so far two maybes).

I am one definite and one more maybe... if there is space, but while I
won't plan until friday be prepared for a lot of evil 'uhh' and 'umm'
and other evil things that toastmasters says never to do, lol
> I'd like to suggest that you consider lighting talks to be a rule-free
> zone within the hard 5 minute time limit. You don't need to restrict
> your subject matter to Python;  my experience at PyCon I've seen
> lighting talk topics running rampant all over the map. They are so
> entertaining because they express the wide range of personality in our
> community, and because the Python community is about more than just
> Python. It's about what Python lets us do, and how we can help each
> other get to where we want to go.
> And when a lightning talk fails to entertain...so what? Just wait 5
> minutes for the next talk. There's no dishonor in giving a horribly
> bad or uninteresting talk; at least you tried :-). It we can adopt
> that philosophy, we're more free to experiment with different talk
> ideas. The result is the kind of crazy diversity which make PyCon
> lightning talks so interesting (and sometimes boring!).
> Last year at PyTexas I tried to give a lightning talk about the
> Expando class with zero preparation...and guess what? Stink bomb. I
> learned that lightning talks actually do require some preparation;
> with only five minutes available, every word, keystroke and mouse
> gesture counts.
> At BarCamp Bangalore 2007 I gave some ad-hoc nontechnical lightning
> talks which involved blathering about ideas. Those are easier and
> require less preparation, but may not be as interesting.
> By the way, if nobody offers to give lightning talks at PyTexas 2010,
> I'm going to ask Patrick Michaud to fill the time giving Perl 6
> lightning talks. He is a charismatic and energetic speaker who would
> probably converted half of us into Perl adherents after five or six
> lightning talks. Heed my words, for this is no idle threat!  :-)

rofl... major rofl... full of win even ;)
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