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August 31, 2004


you may have noticed i have a penchant for self deprication -

of the 70 some odd comments i received after a recent conference here are the negative ones:

He was amusing and held my attention. His work didn't seem that great though -- he was more legendary than talented.

Only problem, what was the point he was trying to make?

Seemed more like an overview of his portfolio. No real point made.

Use of profanity was innapropriate and unprofessional.

not what i thought it would be

Left early... wasn't working for me

Talented designer/developer, but not a good choice for a conference opening with the Macromedia name on it.

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Comments (10)

You know you've hit the big time when you have critics :-)

Posted by: Eric at September 1, 2004 11:56 AM

Critics, schmitics. What do they know? You have over 1000 fans on the board...

Posted by: dC at September 1, 2004 2:36 PM

you were at a conference?! i guess that doesn't deserve a question mark.

Posted by: fizz at September 1, 2004 4:37 PM

You must know something?
http://www.flipcorp.com/content/pr_20040707_macromedia_flash_forward_2004.asp The first day of the conference was opened by legendary internet pioneer and Flash Guru 'Ze Frank' with a schizophrenic showcase of Flash history", reports the Flip Team from New York

http://www.flashmagazine.com/html/1012.htm The first speaker in the Grand Ballroom (where the best wireless access is) was Ze Frank:, who started the talk with a video of him showing how to dance. His talk acctually covered a brief history of Flash and its early limitations. Very entertaining.

Even Microsoft likes you :)?

http://research.microsoft.com/workshops/SCS2004/speakers.aspx The sheer variety of videos, toys, essays, and other projects - all created by Ze Frank - show him to be a kind of genius in creating online experiences

Posted by: at September 1, 2004 5:19 PM

they're all jealous!

many have come, but they all like you the best ;)

Posted by: frieda at September 2, 2004 4:58 AM

they wish they had your pen.

Posted by: Lala at September 2, 2004 5:08 AM

Wow, you're a guru!!

Posted by: at September 4, 2004 4:39 AM

"not what i thought it would be"

I can attest to having similar feelings about the performance I've seen, but that certainly was not in a negative way. Quite the opposite.

If you are trying to please everyone, you run a good chance of not pleasing yourself.

Posted by: safire at September 6, 2004 2:56 AM

Since 1997, I've done dozens of presentations. The larger the audience, the larger the sample set, and the greater the likelihood that someone is in a bad mood. As in life, not everyone is gonna like you right off the bat. Remember that you probably wouldn't like them, either. The more unconventionally you present, the more people will get tense. You don't want to be conventional, so to heck with the robots.

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