Speakers and Presentations
STOP PRESS! Fancy a more "intimate" discussion with some of the speakers
(or just want to see the EFF's Cory Doctorow in two places at the same time)?
Then we firmly advise you
to Take It Outside.
11am-11.50am: Attention Deficit Cinema
- take a seat and make yourself (un)comfortable with these all-too-brief screenings and snippets presented by TV's Ben Moor.
- "Sex Dummy": a startling view of how the future used to look, presented by 1980s electropop icon Gary Le Strange.
12noon-12.50pm: Salute to 20 Years Of The ZX Spectrum, featuring:Nigel Alderton, author of the original "Chuckie Egg"*
John Hollis, author of "Meteor
Storm" and "Time Gate"
Sandy White, author of "3D Ant Attack"
Paul Holmes, author of the Spectrum versions of "Wild West Hero",
"Bomb Jack", "Robotron" and "Machine Code Made Easy, Volume Two"
plus Building Your Own From Readily Available Parts and Yoz Grahame on adopting and importing an
Eastern European clone
Hosted by: ZDNet raconteur (and Spectrum 128 ROM programmer)
Circuit Bending with John "Meteor Storm" Hollis
Mr Hollis remains on stage for an introduction to the art of getting amazing new
sounds from battery-powered electronic musical instruments, also known as "Circuit
bending". Learn to tell the difference between a simple R/C timer and a ceramic
resonator clock, among other useful skills. Features live demonstrations and voided warranties
Paul Granjon, Z Lab
Just to prove we're not completely obsessed with the Spectrum, BBC Micro-using
artifical life artist Paul Granjon describes just some of his
creations, hopefully including "The cybernetic parrot sausage",
"The fluffy tamagotchi", plus
dog robot Toutou.
2pm-3pm: When Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact - And Then Becomes Science Fiction Again
- top authors discuss the interface between real-world research and
popular sci-fi, featuring Tom Standage
on the 18th century chess-playing "automaton" which inspired Charles Babbage to build a real computer, and
on the top-secret 1950s project to find a peaceful use for US nuclear weapons -
propelling a 40-man spacecraft to the moons of Saturn.
Introduced by: cyberpunk author
3pm-3.30pm: Break and "lightning presentations"
3.30pm: Cyber-raffle draw
3.35pm-4.20pm: In Defence of Weblogs - grassroots content management systems of the
future, or just a load of self-obsessed secret diaries of Adrian Mole?Neil McIntosh, Deputy Editor,
the Gbloogle [sic] search engine
Best European Weblog
4.30pm-5.20pm: The Gagpipe Debate:
"The greater the money, the less the funny?"
- is it possible to make money out of online comedy sites, and are there any
pitfalls of doing so? Charlie Brooker of TV
Go Home, Paul Carr of The Friday Thing,
and Lester and Kieren of The Rockall Times discuss their experiences in the field, with "contributions"
of some kind from Idiotica.co.uk,
Herd Of Sheep,
and Tachyon TV.
Chaired (somewhat inappropriately) by:
5.30pm-6pm: Break and "lightning presentations"
6pm-7pm: "A little less conversation, a little more action: Practical ways
you can help preserve fair-use rights in digital media"
Cory Doctorow, EFF
The Campaign for Digital Rights
The Dorkbot London 12v orchestra
The DMCA. The EUCD. The CBDTPA. Why they are bad and what you can do about them. Featuring:
Hosted by Dave Green and Dan O'Brien,
Obviously these won't take up the full 8-hour duration of the event -
other speakers will be confirmed closer to the time, and the gaps will be
filled by Perl-conference-style "lightning presentations" from anyone who wants to
do a few minutes on any relevant subject (eg: people who've got stalls
explaining what they're doing, for a start).
NB: Final programme may be subject to alteration, cybernetic or otherwise.
* According to the Easter 2002 edition of the famously authoritative
"Edge" magazine, A&F Software's Doug
Anderson says, "It was actually an external guy called Nigel Alderton who came to
us with a Spectrum game he'd done called Eggy Kong [...] It developed
from there because I was really a BBC programmer at the time. I thought, I'll
take his idea and work around it and he actually ended up writing the Spectrum
one anyway. We worked on it as a team and there were a few people chipping in
ideas". So don't write in, OK?
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