CSNYC Presents Paul Ford At Silicon City
Next Thursday night, December 10th, our non-profit CSNYC is hosting a great event at the NY Historical Society. Here’s what’s happening:
TOUR: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Experience the New-York Historical Society’s new exhibit “Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York.”
TALK: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Listen to Paul Ford, author of popular Bloomberg Businessweek article What Is Code? discuss true nature of digital talent & how to create it
RECEPTION: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Celebrate CSNYC’s Founding Partners + supporters and their contribution to bringing computer science education to every child in NYC
This event has been sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank and we are grateful to them for their support.
If you have an interest in the history of NYC’s tech sector and it’s future, please come. You can RSVP here.
Looks like a great event!
That’s it? No pun? 🙂
Maybe he’s got a chip on his shoulder about the name of the exhibit.
Clearly an event of *historical* significance.
Good try, Jim.
Maybe it should be titled “Beads to Bytes”
So, it sounds like “Silicon City” is sticking for NY?
Names like that are pretty silly. I work at a startup in NY, not Silicon City.
We’re stuck with Silicon Beach but Silicon City is worse.
How are any of them worse than “Silicon Valley” now? The exhibit Silicon City directly relates to early steps in the computer industry…
Silicon City is an exhibit – directly related to this history of transistors – not a new nickname
I was responding to William’s comment about it being a nickname for NY’s startup community, not about the exhibit
why not add ‘Events’ to your header tabs list?
one more thing to manage
I didn’t even realize you had header tabs until now.
then a ‘Calendar’ tab, crowd sourced by trusted citizens of the community.
Paul is a great speaker and incredible writer. This still ranks up there as one of the best reads ever. https://medium.com/message/…Looking forward to hearing him speak.
great read. thanks kirk.
Don’t thank me, thank Paul! 😉
Thanks for reminding me about that article, it’s a classic. @ftrain on Twitter for those who want to keep up with Paul.
I was enjoying that article (thanks) until I came upon this passage (but I do intend to finish it):Here’s a polite person’s trick, one that has never failed me. I will share it with you because I like and respect you, and it is clear to me that you’ll know how to apply it wisely: When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”Why that advice? Well here is the reason:Because nearly everyone in the world believes their job to be difficult. “Nearly everyone”? I think it’s not actually like that. In many cases people tend to think someone elses job is difficult simply because they don’t know the job, don’t do the job, aren’t comfortable with the job, and therefore it seems difficult.  I am not talking about jobs that people underestimate the difficulty (for example many people think being an actor is easy but it’s not, or being a rock star) but other more everyday jobs. If someone told me that what I do “sounds hard” I would think they were patronizing me. I am thinking of Fred who is constantly traveling and meeting with people or even you who spends a great deal of time with your kids or plays musical instruments. To me both of those “jobs” are “difficult”, not easy because they are not things that I feel entirely comfortable with or would find interesting. I could never (and did never) spend a great deal of time with my kids when they were growing up doing kids things was boring to me I hated it . I am guessing though that both of you truly enjoy doing that and it’s not “hard work” in the way we think of “hard work”. And I could never play a musical instrument (but always wanted to). And they turned out to be really good kids and don’t resent it at all. (So there..)
I wouldn’t take everything Paul says literally. His writing is laced with brilliant acerbic wit.And spending time with my 4 and 2 year old is definitely hard work ;p
On my calendar.
are you going to live stream / record it? you should!
… and right after sigma typed “When”, the C program running the building power plant controller entered an unexpected execution path for the first time in its 22 years of existence. The following instruction incremented a short integer variable holding the array index, making it negative and initiating an unfortunate chain of events leading to sigma lying unconscious, prone over the mat. There were subtle markings on his forehead.. YTREWQ..(to be continued)
This sounds awesome. Makes me wish I was in NYC.
Looking at the history of these entrepreneurial tech centers is a nice contrast to the fixation on newness and the present/future focus that comes with the tech scene.I ended up watching a documentary on Silicon Valley that Amazon “suggested” to me based on what it perceives as my interests. (Good job Amazon) One minute in I was tempted to turn it off because it seemed so dated. We’re talking OLD Silicon Valley. But it turned out to be fascinating and I found myself recognizing something about these guys and appreciating them (they were true pioneers) even though in some ways they seemed foreign to what we now associate with modern tech. Is there really “nothing new under the sun”? (Ecclesiastes)
Hi Fred: Thanks so much for the CSNYC event last night. Paul’s subject matter on what is talent, along with the other speakers comments, gave me lots to think about. And the exhibit is really fun. Love that women are recognized throughout it!