Source: I bombed a TED talk at TED 2011 in long beach. But I'm only 22 so hopefully I'll have a chance to do it again right in the future :)
I'm glad comedians are trying to reclaim the term "retard" but I had no context for it and it just seemed inappropriate.
Since I work often with bakers and baking companies (marketing), the word is used often and I've never once heard someone make a crack involving the word's derogatory usage. Yet, I know the word is not one considered acceptable to use to describe a person or one's actions. But how the word is used in my world obscured its obvious position as something ready to be reclaimed.
Or do Americans put the stress on the first syllable even in the verb? Stressing first syllables is a pretty common feature of American English.
And it gets stress on the the first syllable where it's used as a noun, second syllable as a verb. cf "address", "attribute". (I do realize the noun–verb distinction doesn't come play in the UK for the former.)
Damn you, internet!
then we can script to extract the xml file get the ted videos, like:
wget -c -O "1984/Nicholas Negroponte in 1984 makes 5 predictions.mp4" http://www.ted.com/talks/download/video/4837/talk/230
wget -c -O "1990/Frank Gehry as a young rebel.mp4" http://www.ted.com/talks/download/video/4047/talk/231
wget -c -O "1998/Aimee Mullins on running.mp4" http://www.ted.com/talks/download/video/5996/talk/443
wget -c -O "2011/Wadah Khanfar - A historic moment in the Arab world.mp4" http://www.ted.com/talks/download/video/11071/talk/1084
wget -c -O "2011/Wael Ghonim - Inside the Egyptian revolution.mp4" http://www.ted.com/talks/download/video/11086/talk/1086
 Average obtained by downloading 50 videos, and averaging those.
Edit: fixed bug in script.
Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed (http://www.ted.com/talks/ric_elias.html)
"Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time."
*It takes a while to load.
edit: I've noticed some slight errors, but they should be easily fixed. It was a quick copy paste job, and a quick edit in TextMate to remove extraneous rows. Sorry about that. If I had the time I'd clean it up nice. Maybe someone else would like to.
I put it in revise and did a tiny bit of cleanup, but nothing worth really publishing.
One of my favorites: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/1153