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Suggested topics for nerdcurious salons


Criteria for topics


  • They should be practical!
  • Learning how to do one or two things you can do, and also where to learn how to do more.
  • Topics should be hands on
  • Things that give people new skillz




  • Can comments on your blogs impose upon your freedom of expression?
  • The Hacker Diet -- practical advice on how to make drinks and dishes that enhance brain performance
  • Wikis - See JustWikiIt
    • wiki-editing in general, using pbwiki, in particular to edit the nerdcurious.pbwiki.com wiki
    • Wikipedia, how you change wikipedia
  • hypertext literacy - how to write on websites etc.
    • hyptertext literacy - People are interested in a more in-depth nerdcurious, as a folloe up
  • blogging - how to start a blog? comparing services. philosophical aspects of blogging. getting personal or not.
  • accessibility of acronyms - what do they mean, what do they refer to (e.g. CSS), and why would I care. API. CSS. AJAX.
  • communication shorthands - bring some geek text shorthand.
    • WTF, NP. PWN, brb, bbiab. OTOH. BTW. IANAL. AFAIK. FTR. FTW. IMO. IMHO. FWIW. OOO. OOTO. OTP. OMW. use scrabble or crossword puzzle as a learning mechanism.
    • useful shorthands for texting. r - are, u - you, w - with, wo - without, b - be.
    • acronymization / shorthandization.
  • google search hacking, what not to search for
  • Dodgeball
  • Upcoming
  • Flickr
  • creative commons (how it applies to Flickr, blogging etc.)
  • information overload - discussion point
  • What is the singularity?
  • podcasting
  • textual steganography - hiding messages in plain view
  • what is open source (or free software)
  • learning how to learn
    • tips/tricks/techniques/hacks to use to figure things out on your own that you might take for granted - especially those that can be easily taught, especially to the curious and motivated. e.g.
    • observation. actively looking/hearing for details.
    • curiousity. wondering, and asking questions.
    • searching. how to find answers to questions.
    • modeling. coming up with "working answers" to those questions, and explanations built on conceptual models, maybe using things you found by searching.
    • predicting. using those models to attempt to predict the things you are observing.
    • immitating. e.g. on the Web, view source, copy paste.
    • experimentation. trying things and new combinations of things to see what they do, especially to see if predictions hold. revise predictions and repeat as necessary.
  • Memes
  • How to be Internet Popular
  • Etiquette for Nerds (IRL etiquette, not netiquette)

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