“It isn’t a matter of fine acting performances or of those talents which always impress through expertise and technique, however special. It’s more a question of heart. That is an empty space, a group of performers simply and openly show themselves for what they are, and hope to be.”
John Heilpern

Conference of the Birds

Doug Engelbart


I’d never heard of Doug Engelbart (and that’s a pitty) until after he departed from his body on June 2. His visionary talk about computing from 1968 is mind blowing. Two things struck me … one, the obvious, is the vision he had and the way he brought it to it life. The second was how he had also (inadvertently?) planted the seeds of the a major shortcoming of user experience – the technical/engineering approach that trumps the emotional aspects of human life. 45 years later and I still don’t use a computing device to make a shopping list – pen and paper still works much better for me. MAYBE (

Anyways, fantastic talk:

Doug Engelbart 1968 Demonstration from Nathan Garrett on Vimeo.

via Albert Wenger

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