Results tagged “Powerpoint” from kwc blog

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My dorky quote for the day

I had two teachers for algorithms class. One spoke as if conversation were a non-returning recursive function

I'm clearing out the Firefox tabs. BoingBoing appears to have beaten me to posting some of these, oh well

MT + S5 = No more Powerpoint

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bp showed me S5 today, a tool that Eric Meyer has been working on that allows you to do presentations in a Web browser that feel very much like a Powerpoint presentation. bp knew about a presentation I had done awhile back using MovableType as the presentation tool and suggested that a meeting of the two (MovableType + S5) might be in order using MT's category archive templates.

The old idea (just MovableType): * each blog entry is a slide * each presentation is tied to a category * links at the top of each slide advance you from one slide to the next

The new idea (MovableType + S5): * each blog entry is a slide * each presentation is tied to a category * each slide is formatted using CSS to look like an actual presentation slide * you can use the arrow keys to advance between slides * there are alternate presentation formats for printing, handouts, etc...

I coded it up and it was remarkably simple. The category archive template is straightforward (much cleaner than most MT templates), and you can see the results over on my presentations blog.

It's still a work in progress. I have to work out issues like commenting, RSS feeds, and some layout issues, but for the general functionality is there. For extra goodness you can throw in Markdown to make it easier to do bullets and font sizes.

I'm in a hurry right now, so I'll post more details on it later, but for now, feel free to leave comments/questions/suggestions.

I hate powerpoint

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I found this great parody of the drain of powerpoint: Gettysburg Address in Powerpoint. There's also Tufte's analysis of Boeing's report on Columbia Tile Damage. Powerpoint really takes the crown for robbing the corporate coffers of brain cells. I never thought I would say this, but I miss good ole's overhead transparencies that cost $2/piece to make. At least once they were made no one would even dare suggest using a synonym for the second word in bullet four on slide three.

Credit: IDblog (entry) for the link to Dan Brown's Understanding Powerpoint: Special Deliverables #5, which provided the GA link.

BTW: Tufte uses ArsDigita Community System. Good stuff, even if you don't like Greenspun.