I find good tech talks to be a combo of entertainment and broadening my toolbox of programming concepts. When I hit good talk I generally do a double take, “wha, I have not thought that way before.” There are definitely some good talks in this list.
There are a few great “Awesome Talks” lists that I’ve enjoyed perusing, but I’ve found that talk title intrigue does not seem to correlate with talk quality. So in lists of 50+ talks I have a hard time finding the “next best talk”.
I’m keen to get feedback on the site as is but also if there is interest in a “top tech talks” in the last month (or X unit of time) style of digest.
Hopefully there is a talk in here that gives you a double take.
If it's practical, I'm surprised not to see the js "wat" lightning talk (which I now can't seem to find...).
If it's more general "best of", I'd expect something like Guy Steele "growing a language" :
Douglas Engelbart "the mother of all demos":
Alan Kay "doing with images makes symbols":
Or, if that's too long, the much more condensed ted talk:
"a powerful idea about teaching ideas":
(Maybe that's not a "tech talk"?)
Rich Hickey "simple made easy" :
To name a few of the top of my head.
Great job btw.
pretend_upvotes = 4
pretend_downvotes = 4
def score(item_upvotes, item_downvotes):
upvotes = item_upvotes + pretend_upvotes
downvotes = item_downvotes + pretend_downvotes
return upvotes / float(upvotes + downvotes)
Parametrising it like you suggest might make it easier to experiment:
ratio = 0.5
number = 100
pretend_upvotes = ratio*number
pretend_downvotes = (1-ratio)*number
2. Probable Inference, the Law of Succession, and Statistical Inference Edwin B. Wilson
So now that I'm ashamed of my ego... there were several talks that were much better from that conference and it is a shame they didn't get more views. Mine was picked up by Hack-a-Day so it got a boost, but many of the other talks were better in all kinds of measures like amount of content, social relevancy, etc... It sucks that we still don't have a good system other than view count!
Great project, however, well done regardless.
Also, kudos on the UI. It’s minimal, easy to use, and works as advertised. Good software!
It sucks that these are rare nowadays.
Maybe I could start a suckless list :)
I haven't watched much historical lectures, but I do enjoy documentaries and historical fiction. Another idea I've kicked around is a site that organizes a bunch of historical documentaries and historical fiction into a geo-timeline visualization. And include the ability for people to comment on and discuss the historically accuracy of the films. But that's a different project...
And what do the users think they are ranking?
Personally, I'd rather be ranking for what interests me, so that I get more of that; but I feel most networks are trying to extract a different signal, and that this produces crappy recommendations and useless rankings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpkDN78P884 was kinda a classic for the Rails community.
Just a simple string match would be awesome :)
I'd love other languages and software topics too.
Which sources did you focus on?