Dead fish & whiteboards

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Powerpoint is a dead fish

A powerpoint presentation is a container of frozen content. It reflects ideas and relationships that were fresh long time ago, when you created the presentation. Following a dead PPT impedes actual thinking. Ideas must follow old paths, and your mind is constantly readjusting to the old structure.

When trying to create a meaningful message for your audience, ideas must be fresh, establishing connections with new events and knowledge.

An old, fixed structure doesn’t allow thinking to evolve in order to be actual and alive.

Black/white-boards are hidden behind the screen

It is common that whiteboards have been covered by the installation of a screen for the data projector. It is natural, when trying to explain a concept, to draw schemes and diagrams. This drawings reflect your actual line of thought, they are in fact materialized thought. They are so powerful and important that some artists have used them as an artistic medium, and they have been preserved in the case of some important scientists and thinkers.

The physical impediment of the screen blocking the board cuts away the possibility of this drawings and artifacts. We need to draw. We need to give shape to our thoughts live.

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Image browsing allows for free, unrestricted navigation

When using an image browser app instead of a presentation, you jump between folders opening up the images you need, following your mind wandering through your content while you talk. Images are previously stored in a well named folder structure. The sequence of images comes determined by your discourse, and not the other way around. The route is not pre-determined, it comes out spontaneously following your reasoning and associations. (Image browsers as ACDsee, Xnview…)

Image searching on the web opens up to the unexpected.

Looking for images on Google Images or a similar service offers relational exploration, a method that parallels associative thinking. Google knows what you are looking for better than you do. It is part of your expanded and connected mind, your external brain extension. Rely on it’s knowledge and let you go with the information flow. Ehen looking for a certain image, you’ll find some related material that can enrich your discourse, establishing fresh connections with meaningful content.
Unexpected porn could be a minor problem, always possibly taken with humor.

Realtime research.

This realtime processes can serve as a model for you audience, learning from your ways of searching and establishing connections between data and different information sources. You expose your mind and your thinking mechanisms, reinforcing the importance of the process over the finished product.

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