Words, and enthusiasm

April 25, 2008 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

You know great it is to sit in a lecture when the prof REALLY loves what they’re talking about?  If you saw any of TVO.org’s Lecturer Competition (Conley didn’t win, by the way), you know what I mean.  All of a sudden, the topic becomes fascinating because it’s fascinating to someone else.  They speak with liveliness and good humour, which are the two key ingredients for a good talk.

Seriously, watch this.

That video is a professional lexicographer – a person who assembles dictionaries.  If you think that a 16 minute talk on nothing but words would be boring, then you REALLY need to watch it, because it’s pretty sweet.

The speech, and a bunch of other like it, are from www.ted.com – a site dedicated to posting these kinds of speeches on a bunch of different topics.  One of the main links is to a guy named Brian Greene, who talks about the scientific ramifications of string theory, and how we might possibly be able to dissect the very essence of the universe within 10 years’ time.  String theory probably isn’t anything new to a lot of you, but the way the guy talks about it makes it accessible and entertaining in under 20 minutes.

Anyway, that’s my nerdliness for the day.  It’s kind of funny that one of my very first blog post ideas was a list of my favourite words (like penultimate and mnemonicide), so this just seems fitting.

All this is with thanks to Cait, and her Dad, my opinion of whom is rapidly growing.

I picked this image because I liked the colors.


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