[sf-lug] jim goes to school and talks

jim stockford jim at well.com
Mon Oct 22 14:19:32 PDT 2007

they used to send me outside when i did this....

i'm gonna talk at USF:

      TUESDAY, October 30, 12:20-1:20 pm
              James Stockford
Harney Science Center Room 235
2741 Golden Gate (at Kittredge) in SF

of course, it's just me going "blah, blah, blah," but here's the blurb:

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads 
on to fortune...."
--William Shakespeare, from Julius Caesar

In the beginning, there was no software 100 years ago there were only 
mechanical contraptions and counting machines that were not so 
different from some of the contraptions of ancient Egypt and Phoenicia. 
100 years ago people rode horses through city streets.

The last 100 years seem to have seen more change than the previous 
5000. Almost all of the computer industry has occurred in the last 50 
years. It may be the last ten years has seen as much change as the 
prior 90.

The big events were driven by non-technical factors such as faith, 
vision, luck, and a kind of inevitability that comes from standing on 
our predecessors' shoulders.

The tides of opportunities are coming faster and faster. This talk 
presents a few stories that show how people have seen them or missed 

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