Sunday, November 20, 2005


On Fridays I have a seminar called People, Computers, and Design. Last Friday I got to see a presentation by Blake Ross and Asa Dotzler on what sets the Firefox project apart from other open source projects when it comes to thinking about users. Blake is an excellent speaker and their slides were good examples of what slides should be. They would almost deserve a mention on Presentation Zen.

I've come to realize how many great people I've had the chance to see or even meet in a couple of months on campus. A brief list of notables:
  • Terry Winograd, Larry Page's old advisor (and now my advisor)

  • Brian Behlendorf, once president of the Apache Software Foundation

  • Mark Zuckerberg, producer of the Facebook

  • Dan "Monzy" Maynes-Aminzade, "So much drama in the PhD" rapper

  • Dan Gillmor, author of We the Media

  • Jonathan Schwartz, president of Sun

  • Don Knuth

  • Sergey Brin and Larry Page

  • Mark Benioff, CEO of
And the list goes on.

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