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Someone’s Been Talking —

This year I’ve been doing many, many more presentations and conferences than I would normally do – I guess this whole “save the digital planet” thing has taken off.

Along with all the presentations have come travel and trying to re-adjust my life so I can do the majority of what I do from anywhere I happen to be. This has mostly worked out but it does mean some things get shortchanged. Like, oh, ASCII.TEXTFILES.COM.

So if you’re not browsing my twitter feed or otherwise are hankering for seeing me scream at people in audio and video recordings, here’s a handful of the presentations, with more to come after I fix them up.

In Brighton, England, I gave a presentation at an event called DCONSTRUCT. The talk was called “The Save Button Ruined Everything”, and here is a page with the full presentation in audio-only. A shame about no video because I was sporting a crazy-ass look.

At the wonderful OSBridge in Portland, Oregon, I gave a talk called “Open Source, Open Hostility, Open Doors”. They did a great video recording and put it up on youtube.

Finally, just this weekend I gave a talk about the Prince of Persia source code extraction I played a part of. It was at Derbycon, which I got a nice invitation to last year but didn’t see enough of – and this time I stayed all the way through. Irongeek, who does the video side of things, had my talk up on youtube within 48 hours! Here’s the full presentation.

There are roughly five other presentations I’ve given this year, but some need editing (the recordings are done oddly) and some have no real recordings at all (I was paid for them and left it up to the paying body if they wanted it to be exclusive or not.) But for now, here’s a few hours you’re not getting back.


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  1. Jason Scott says:

    I could go either way on this, but right now I decided to shy away from large summaries of the talks themselves and their content. I feel like you either want to click on them, or you don’t.

  2. Ali Gündüz says:

    Here’s a little question:
    I like archiving Jason Scott talks locally, but I couldn’t download the linked Youtube videos.

    I’m on Ubuntu 12.04 and tried youtube-dl, Totem and Miro, with no success. Any ideas?

  3. Evan Anderson says:

    I was glad to be able to see you speak at DerbyCon last weekend (and, like you, equally amazed at Adrian’s ability to get the videos online so damned _fast_). I hadn’t had a chance to see you speak in person since Defcon 7 and it was definitely nice to be at a live Jason Scott presentation. Keep up the great work, sir.

  4. Anthony Hope says:

    Brilliant, Jason. Thanks. I always enjoy your talks. Any chance you could make the slides available for the dconstruct talk, so we can see what the audience keeps laughing at?!

  5. theultramage says:

    Thank you 🙂
    Here’s some metadata for the three talks just posted (and you’re missing 3 more on the /speaking page):
    2012-09-07 – dConstruct 2012 – The Save Button Ruined Everything: Backing Up Our Digital Heritage
    2012-06-27 – OSBridge 2012 – Open Source, Open Hostility, Open Doors
    2012-09-28 – Derbycon 2012 – Rescuing The Prince of Persia from the sands of time

  6. pq ribber says:

    I understand that you were involved in uploading old IUMA files to archive.crg. The page with my ‘band’, only one of about ten songs actually work. I have lost these files and if you still have them, would love to arrange to get copies.

  7. Jason, thanks again for coming to Derbycon, and I hope you will have time to come again next year. It may in part be that “save the digital planet” has taken off, but I think the largest part of your speaking demand is because of the entertaining and informative way you do your talks. I could not have given two shits about Mario 64, but you made me interested when you spoke on the subject many Notacons ago. For Ali Gündüz, I also put downloads of the talks from Derbycon up on for folks to download in different formats that automatically transcodes for me. Those sometimes lag behind since I try to do a whole day at a time.

  8. Archiving their own history is something most open source projects do good: by using some sort of revision control system, which allows multiple people to work on the same set of code. As a side-effect for historians this will create a complete time-line of who did what when.