Paul Graham’s “The Age of the Essay”

5 sentences from Graham’s essay that I think are worth talking about in class on Monday: It’s no wonder if [essay writing] seems to the student a pointless exercise, because we’re now three steps removed from real work: the students are imitating English professors, who are imitating classical scholars, who are merely the inheritors of […]

“Presentation Zen” Strategies

The article I chose from Presentation Zen is “On the power of speech and telling your own story“. ┬áThis article discusses the Ignite formula for spoken presentations- “20 slides with each slide advancing automatically every 15 seconds”. It is crucial to simplify speech and eliminate the boring or unnecessary parts. The strategy that I can […]

Chapter 10 Clay Shirkey Reflection

Shirkey explains the idea of “lowering the cost of failure” with open source software projects being hosted for free on He goes on to point out that three quarters of the hosted projects haven’t even gotten a single download, the majority of open source projects fail. The ones with millions of users are extremely […]