Friday, April 30, 2010

Ignite Lincoln

Last night at the Bourbon Theater, 15 Lincolnites queued up for 75 minutes of lightning talks—five minute presentations illustrated with 20 PowerPoint slides, auto-advancing every 15 seconds.  The event, Ignite Lincoln,  was patterned after similar Ignite events in places Like Seattle, Cincinnati, and Denver. 

I had been invited by one of the event organizers, Justin McDowell, to be one of the speakers.  Now this, for me, was a challenge.  I’m used to presenting, but five minutes normally covers my introduction.  I squeezed it in, though, in a talk about how technology is impacting our privacy titled “Nowhere to Hide.”

Tonja and I really enjoyed the event.  The presentations were great, and the time flew by.  The topics were diverse, ranging from Marcus Tegtmeier’s "Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse,” to Jason Johnson’s “Concerning Wealth & Travel.”  The evening wrapped up with Jay Wilkinson’s “How Silicon Implants Made Bill Gates & Steve Jobs Millionaires.”

As you might imagine, the presenters tended to be on the young side.  I think Lyle Schmidt and I were the only two of the 15 presenters who recognized my first slide.  I was sitting at a table with Jason Johnson, Nate Lowery, and Nick Ebert.  They were remarking about the theater being pretty cool, and I told them that the first time I had been there was to see Goldfinger.  Nate said something to the effect of “Oh, yeah, I saw them about five years ago.”  No, Nate, I meant the 1964 James Bond film, not the punk band.

Great time, though, despite feeling like Dobie Gillis’s dad in a room full of Maynard G. Krebbs.


Matt said...

Chief, is there any way you can post a link to your slides or a video of the presentation?

Tom Casady said...


Not sure they will make much sense without the narration, because these are just background images to the talk, but here you are.

ARRRRG!!!! said...

Here's a reference you can use at the next Ignite Lincoln.

Nate said...

Glad I could provide some entertainment. :)

Great presentation Chief!

Steve said...

It's 12:45 a.m., and I just got home from work. I'm a bit tired, but I still have to ask what slide number 19 was, and how it related to the rest. Maybe it's obvious to someone who's not just had their brain fried doing inventory for 8 hours, but I'm clueless.

David Bratzer said...

First off, this seems like a very cool event, and I would love to go to one in my area (Victoria, BC, Canada).

Also, perhaps you could explain the context of your first slide? (You can't post something like that, and then not explain it. :-) I did google "RCA Manufacturing Co., Inc" which appeared at the bottom of the slide. This led me to the Wikipedia entry for "Indian Head test card" so I have a rough idea of what it is all about. Still, I'm curious as to why you chose this as your first slide.

By the way, if I haven't expressed this already, thank you Chief Casady for your wonderful blog. It is certainly one of the most credible and interesting police blogs out there.

Tom Casady said...


See, i warned you it wouldn't be self-explanatory! The photo of breadcrumbs accompanied my talk about the digital breadcrumbs you're dropping continuously as you go about your everyday activities.


It's an illustration of how dramatically and quickly some things have changed.

You are too young. I put that slide up, and told all the audience members over the age of 50 to explain it to those around them. There was a murmer in the crowd.

It is the test pattern, that came on after the Tonight Show, and before Captain Kangaroo--back when TV stations signed off the air between about midnight and 6:00 am. Everyone my age knows that.

Anonymous said...

Chief-Actually you skipped one item in your explanation of the test pattern. After the Tonight Show left the air, the Star Spangled Banner was played every single night. Then the test pattern came on. Interestingly, I think most Americans were patriotic enough to not turn off the old TV until after the National Anthem had played in full. Therefore, they viewed the test pattern nightly if they were awake long enough.


Tom Casady said...


Very good! I was going to post that as a quiz question, but you beat me to it.

Anonymous said...

Riddle me this Chief:

You used a black and white test pattern. When did the rainbow appear?

Personally, I miss the Lone Ranger and his not so politically correct sidekick.

I also miss the days when the nightly news was condensed into two half-hour segments. Now we take the same hour of news value and stretch it into 24.

Of course if we went back to the old format, I'd have no way of keeping track of Tiger's love life, Brittany Spears' latest traffic calamity, or other really important info.


Anonymous said...

I remember when the nightly TV news was only 15 minutes. The local stations would do their 15 as well. When Huntley & Brinkley went to 30 minutes in 1963 (after about 7 years at 15 min), we wondered how much junk news they'd have to pack in to fill the extra 15. We knew it was all about more commercial ad time, just like now.