Refresh Belfast's first Festive Extravaganza was held in the Black Box Theatre in Belfast. Jeremy Keith was invited to speak about Huffduffer and this is the audio.
Biological systems are large assemblies of parts that function together following rules of basic chemistry. As systems, they can be studied, modified, and engineered for novel purposes. DNA molecules contain the information used to encode living systems, and methods exist for discovering and manipulating this information. This talk will cover the basic components of biological systems, including how DNA can be modified to make new proteins or genetically modified organisms, such as fluorescent mice, therapeutic viruses, or bacteria that eat explosives or smell like bananas.
Is free will an illusion? Patrick Haggard and our expert panel debate the profound implications of the classic Libet experiment.
Matthew Taylor will explore how brain and behaviour research is increasingly being incorporated into political and policy debate.
Daniel H Pink tells us how we can embrace his innovative approach to the science of motivation.
Former child prodigy Terence Tao has become one of the world's greatest living mathematicians. At 24 he became the youngest person ever appointed full professor at UCLA, and at the tender age of 31 he was awarded mathematics' highest honour, the Fields Medal.
Back in his childhood home of Australia, he visited the ANU to deliver this fascinating talk about one of his favourite subjects, prime numbers.
Everything we buy, from books to baked beans, has a product code printed on it. More sophisticated check-digit codes exist on official documents, bank notes and air tickets. What are they for and what do they mean? We take a look at the mathematical structure of these codes and explain their purposes. And in this age of boundless surveillance, are there enough numbers for each of us to have a serial number of our own?
Talk given by Professor John D Barrow FRS
"Ryan Singer, who manages 37signals’ products and leads the design team, talks about the company’s design process. He discusses how the design team works with each other and collaborates with programmers. He gives advice to other design/development teams on how to work together smoothly. …" http://37signals.com/svn/posts/2135-podcast-episode-7-ryan-singer-on-the-37signals-design-process
Over a million people use the web-based applications that 37 Signals built. Many of them are paying customers. So I called up the company's co-founder, Jason Fried, and asked him to teach us how 37 Signals does it.
Here are some of my notes from the interview.
You don't need money
Lack of money, Jason says, forces you to focus on building something that works. It forces you to find ways to earn money, instead of amusing yourself with projects that are just fun or interesting.
Become a teacher
Teaching is 37 Signals's marketing. It's what get helped them build the audience that uses their products and generates their revenue. Jason says his company thinks like the top chefs who know that teaching on TV enhances their reputation and builds a following.
Get a voice
37 Signals has one of the most respected blogs in the business, but you don't have to be a blogger you just need a voice. Find your medium—audio, video, whatever—and let your voice be heard.
Charge for subscriptions
Too many internet entrepreneurs are afraid to charge their users. If 37 Signals didn't get any new users this month, it would still have revenues because its business is built on a subscription fee.
37 Signals hires people who are more than "just programmers," or "just designers," or "just" anything else. Jason says that people who cultivate non-work interests can bring in new ideas can bring in new ideas from outside their industries.
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