Jay Ts

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Jay Ts
Posted over 2 years ago
Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps
This was a very fun talk! The way the map is designed reminds me of the work I've done in integrated and printed circuit board design. I can imagine that the software used for map making and printed circuit board design might have some things in common. It is always amazing to see people grasp hugely complex puzzles like this and solve them.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
As much as I appreciate the value of the speaker's work and talk, this sort of thing bothers me a lot. All through the talk, I kept thinking, "What about the other side?" What about the fully-qualified applicant who was overlooked in favor of the fake? What happens to him or her? Is that fair? The talk was, in my opinion, _extremely_ one-sided and unbalanced. It only deals with the benefit to the individual who practices the ideas, not others who are affected, or any larger perspective. For example, if someone fakes body language to get a job, is that no different than lying using words or adding fake information to a resume? If body language is more powerful than talk, isn't this even worse than those other actions? Seriously, this seems to me to be dishonest, dishonorable, manipulative, and abusive of other people. There are only two cases where I see this as forgivable: when someone is desperate and has no other way, and for people who are using it as one part of an overall program of self-improvement because their intent is to improve themselves and be more of a benefit to the world around them. The techniques described in this talk are powerful, and that means that it is important to use them responsibly. Unfortunately, many will not, and in those cases, the result is damage, not benefit.