A long list of interesting stuff

I wasn’t kidding when I said family is keeping me on the guy — family and work on a new project that has the potential to be at least somewhat remunerative.  The new project requires that I master PowerPoint, a program with which I have only the most glancing acquaintance.  Fortunately, there’s a wealth of informative material on the internet — including Microsoft’s own website — so I’m busy learning all about animations and fades.

Meanwhile, between kids and learning, I’ve been reading some very interesting stuff.  In no particular order:

Rhymes with Right comments on the media’s peculiar silence when it comes to the late Sen. Inouye’s replacement.  (And yes, I’m being sarcastic.  There’s nothing at all peculiar about the media’s silence.)

Is it wrong for me to love a man I’ve never met and about whom I know nothing other than his ability to organize data logically?  Nah.  It can’t be wrong.  Every person who’s driven by data, rather than emotion, has to love the data compilation Randall Hoven published showing a very strong correlation between guns and individual safety.

Speaking of guns, Jonathan Tobin makes the very good point that, by demonizing gun owners, the gun control crowd is making rational debate impossible.  Of course, that’s not a bug, that’s a fixture, since rational debate militates against gun control.

Dianne Feinstein’s proposed bill is Exhibit A for the case that Dems don’t want debate; they just want to overturn the Second Amendment without bothering with the constitutional amendment process.  (More here on Feinstein’s bill.)  This is, of course, the same Feinstein who thinks she’s entitled to carry a gun for self-defense.  It’s just you little people who can’t be trusted.

Egypt has gone sharia.  Libya is de facto sharia.  Syria is imminently sharia.  Is it any surprise that Obama’s best friend, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is planning on turning Turkey in a sharia state too?  No surprise here.

The media has worked it’s magic, and the majority of Americans are primed to blame the Republicans if the country slides further down the fiscal cliff.  Mitch McConnell is trying to fight back, but I doubt he’ll have any success.

Last I heard, Wendy Kaminer was a Democrat.  I have no idea why, since she’s one smart cookie, who understands the First Amendment as well as the decay of the American spirit.

Michael Ramirez gets to the root of evil — and it’s not guns.

If you’d like smug media talking head David Gregory to get into trouble for violating Washington, D.C.’s gun laws, good luck with that.  However, if you’d at least like to make his willful violation of those gun laws something of a cause célèbre, you can sign this “We the People” petition.

Would you like to add anything?  I’ve labeled this as an Open Thread.


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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Rational arguments might lead to solutions. If people started solving problems, the Left would be left without a method of controlling the population through inducing fear of artificially created and sustained problems.
    Rational arguments do not benefit the Left.

  • http://bigfoodetc.blogspot.com Marica

    I recommend adding Kevin D. Williamson’s “Regulating the Militia” to the list: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/336529/regulating-militia-kevin-d-williamson
    Huh. I’m having a hard time pasting a snippet. Sorry. 

  • Ron19

    “…so I’m busy learning all about animations and fades.”

    Please go easy on the animations and fades, etc.  Not only do they distract from your message, but I get bored watching them and start to look for something else to do while I watch the presentation.  Like work on cell phone text messages or a favorite app.   

  • Danny Lemieux

    I am with Ron19 – throw in just one or two effects to make the presentation alive but, otherwise, its all a distraction from the message. Use bullet points and PICTURES! 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What I liked about CCP’s power point screen presentation was that it went easy on the words (which we know the audience can’t see anyways), and were big on representative images and symbols. When they were talking about redesigning the outward appearances of stealth bombers, they gave a concept art picture of the new stealth bomber.
    I don’t think a lot of people care about the animation or fading, since it just lags up the presentation and prevents clear flow information from slide to slide.

  • https://picasaweb.google.com/102427392960537405774 Kevin_B

    On PowerPoint… I’ve done quite a few PowerPoint presentations so far, most/nearly all of them in the context of school/higher education though. I’ve defended two dissertations using a PowerPoint presentation.
    I’d advise you to stay away from the animations, fades et cetera – (nearly) alltogether. They can be very distracting and they don’t really add to your message.
    What I believe matters more with PowerPoint presentations, is that your slides have a good design/lay-out that looks neat, doesn’t distract from the message and is fitting for the subject discussed. I’d advise you to look into design/lay-out – the recent versions of Powerpoint (2007 and 2010) have quite a few templates already. You can change the colors and even adapt or make templates yourself. Something to look into, I’d say.
    As Mr. Lemieux already said, use pictures (charts, graphs et cetera are a pretty good idea too) and bullet points. Always watch to not crowd a slide with too much text. If it looks like a slide is too full of text to you, it probably is.
    On a final note, certainly if your presentation is lengthy or complicated, add a “contents” slide in the beginning and perhaps add what I call ‘structure slides’, that indicate at what point in your presentation/lecture you have come. It helps your viewers/listeners to keep on track with your presentation/lecture and the structure of and development of ideas/information in it.

  • Ron19

    Comparison of murder rates, Chicago vs. NY:
    Reading this article, I was struck/inspired by an idea for a new type of ban:
    Assault City – more than 1 million residents
    Semi-Automatic City – more than 100,000 residents
    Handgun City – more than 10,000 residents
    I grew up in a “Fist” City – less than 10,000 residents, and we just didn’t have this kind of violence at all.  All non-natural deaths were due to accidents only, not anything intentional.
    We need to ban any weapon-type (more than 9,999 residents) city.
    The President is doing things to ban suburbs and “persuade” the suburbanites to move their money back into the big city.
    With all due respect, I think he’s got it backwards.

  • Spartacus

    Many wise points above about avoiding excessive complexity with PowerPoint.  But, for learning the ropes anyway, I’ve been impressed with the quality of instruction on other software at lynda.com, and they appear to have quite a few courses on PowerPoint.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    It is certainly *possible* to give an excellent PowerPoint presentation…I like to believe that I’ve done so on many occasions…but the vast majority of the world’s P/P presentations are pretty dismal.
    See Margaret Soltan’s PowerPoint Pissoff for some interesting posts on this topic.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    Just for fun…here’s a presentation (P/P, I assume, although the tool isn’t really specified) in which a BCG consultant analyzes romance.

  • Ron19

    Drilling down from David Foster #10 I remembered something about my senior year as a Statistics major.
    I would read the text, sit in class taking notes, mostly a copy of what the professor wrote on the board, do the homework.  For the midterm and final, I would skim through the book.  I didn’t review most of my notes; in fact, usually I have never looked at them since pencil touched paper.
    This was very unlike me, but during my senior year, I made the Dean’s List for the first time.  And the second time.
    Having given a few presentations myself, with and without a computer projector, I know that the two most important things about a presentation are:
    1.  Care about your topic as it relates to your audience
    2,  Know your topic thouroughly
    Bookworm, one of the reasons I find your blog so interesting, is your depth and breadth of knowledge.  You keep a lot of very intelligent readers coming back for more.  Same for your commenters.