Thursday, May 17, 2007

Off-Key Speaker

So there's this annual thing up at York University: the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (although for some reason their web site seems to stop at 2005). A few months back I gave a guest lecture up at York, which was evidently a big hit on account of most academic speakers tend to not use terms like "hand job" and "shit-for-brains" during the course of their presentations. Anyway, one of the people running the course — Allan Weiss by name — asked me if I wanted to give a talk at this ACCSFF thing. Er, I said. We'll pay you, he told me. I'm in, I said.

Now I find I'm listed as Keynote Speaker. Ohhhhkay.

So far I've come up with a title. "Anachronism, Inattentional Blindness, and the Turd in the Punchbowl: or, How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Singularity." I have until June 9 to either figure out what that means, or failing that, to stick so many additional words onto the title that it'll take half an hour to read aloud.

Wish me luck. Better yet, wish it for my audience.



Blogger Jena said...

Good luck, Squid. (Or should I say "Break a ball"?)

May 17, 2007 8:55 PM  
Blogger Mac said...

Post that speech!

May 17, 2007 10:11 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I agree, post the speech. At least after the event, I wouldn't want your thunder to fizzle.

May 17, 2007 11:23 PM  
Blogger Steve S. said...

What a beautiful title. I'd love to read the talk.

May 18, 2007 2:59 AM  
Anonymous Ian said...

Will you have a fun slide-show like "vampire domestication"? Congratulations on being on the paid speaker circuit! I look forward to the electronic version.

May 18, 2007 3:07 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Actually on further consideration, make it not just a transcript, but a video transcript. Surely something like that can be arranged, in today's day and age.

May 18, 2007 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What mac said. I too am intensely curious about the turd in the punchbowl and why you love the singularity so much (now). Post that shit.

May 18, 2007 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above was me.

- anonypost by razorsmile

May 18, 2007 11:40 PM  
Blogger Peter Watts said...

I too am intensely curious about the turd in the punchbowl and why you love the singularity so much (now).

I don't, necessarily. Remember, I just had to come up with a title, so I ripped off a phrase from Charlie Stross. Oh, and Stanley Kubrick. I think "inattentional blindness" might have been mine, though.

Post that shit.

Gotta make it first. It won't be shit until hours and hours of digestion have transpired. Right now, it's just a bunch of ingredients and a page from the Star Trek Cooking Manual.

And btw, why do the Internet Gods have to protect me from Blogger? What's wrong with Blogger (beyond its lamentable inability to thread comments)?

May 20, 2007 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Among other things (such as the aforementioned lack of threading), we have the too-small text boxes, the inability to use any html other than italics and bold, the inability to edit comments (hey, they should be trying to be *better* than the competition, no?) and just Google's ongoing attempt at a panopticon singularity (I borrowed that one from Stross, incidentally :p ).

- anonypost by razorsmile, who stands by his opinion white hypocritically using the product.

May 20, 2007 7:30 PM  
Blogger Peter Watts said...

Ah. Okay. Points well-taken. Although I have been told by Ursabelle that there is no blog system that does not suck.

The reason I went with Blogger was because it was easy to locate the files at, whereas LJ (as far as I know) forces us to set up shop at their URL. But Google does upgrade stuff a lot (they just overhauled their analytics package recently)-- since I'm already here, I'll just hunker down for a bit and hope they improve.

Or that LJ becomes portable.

May 21, 2007 1:06 PM  

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