About Poet


Rooftop! Who's with me?


French, Latin, Russian, Spanish

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2014, TEDActive 2014, TEDGlobal 2013, TEDActive 2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TEDActive 2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TEDActive 2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TEDActive 2010, TEDIndia 2009, TEDGlobal 2009, TEDActive 2009, TEDActive 2008, TED2007, TED2006

Areas of Expertise

blowgun fabrication, blowgun dart fabrication, blowgun dart quiver fabrication

An idea worth spreading

Late sleepers are not lazy.

I'm passionate about



kicked out of UCLA

Talk to me about

TEDActive; houseplants; rooftops.

People don't know I'm good at


Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Poet Rives
Posted over 5 years ago
Sebastian Wernicke: Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks)
So jazzed to see Sebastian on TED.com. His humor and his savvy make him a swell poster child for TEDActive. Plus, his accent is sexy. Ah, and: I was co-hosting Sebastian's session and would've "dragged him off the stage" with cheeky gusto but no need--he stuck his landing. The man had 6 minutes and look at the time code: 5:59! And that includes the TED intro and his rousing, well-deserved ovation. Epic time clock win, SW!
Poet Rives
Posted about 8 years ago
Rives: The 4 a.m. mystery
Hey--a big, amused thanks to all the TEDsters who have sent in "four in the morning" references from various sources, in various languages. Keep 'em coming--my collection has gotten massive, global and (I'm telling you...) thoroughly uncanny.