Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Washington Redskins Should change Their Name

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Political correctness is a sport, so let’s just fight fire with fire.
No sports team would name their team after something with a negative connotation. (The UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs might be an exception). Perhaps the best way to reconcile such nonsense as the Washington Redskins flap is to deal with it through humor. (more…)

Improved translated presentations. Part 6.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Don’t use humor or jargon.

The first time I experienced translation was in Korea in 1994 and it was an eye-opener for me. I was fascinated and somewhat anxious about the process. A colleague of mine, Grady Booch, spoke first. Grady was, and still is, a brilliant speaker, but it was probably his first time doing a simultaneously translated presentation. He talked quite fast and used quite a bit of engineering jargon and some folksy humor. The Korean audience was riveted, even though he did not adjust his speaking style much. His jokes received an authentic laughing response, although slightly offset by the few-second delay of translation. One joke in particular seemed like it should have been complete nonsense outside the United States nerd programmer community. It was something about “getting hosed by overusing go-to statements and ending up with spaghetti code.” Even to English-speaking nonprogrammers, this phrase should have been almost unintelligible.


Laugh at Yourself

Monday, November 21st, 2011

There is nothing quite as healthy as laughing. And seeing the humor in your own humanness is one of the joys in life. Once again, it is time to poke some fun at my own writing.


Prevent oral tedium

Friday, November 4th, 2011

A good speaker can make good material more understandable and more memorable. A good speaker can make weak material tolerable by using the audience’s time effectively to emphasize the highlights and ignore the weak stuff. A presentation might be interesting, compelling, and earth-shattering, but the audience won’t know this without someone emphasizing the important points and leading them through the material.