When Everything Looks Like A Nail*
Markus: Nautilus? I thought you said noodle house!
Matt: Wait, wait, I think I see her head!!
Markus: Are you sure?
Matt: Maybe It's Not Her Head...
Do you play a musical instrument? Bring a musical instrument and you can participate in part of the show.
A Somewhat Constrained Edition of The Matt & Markus Show
It’s said that if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It isn’t true of course, unless you’re the sort of person that goes around hammering nails into other nails, which would be silly.
But how not true is it, really? Is it totally not true, or only a little bit not true? Do just a few more things look like nails? Lots of things? Maybe even most things? Or is this just some dumb platitude that doesn’t stand up to serious empirical investigation?
There’s only two ways to find out—you can either try it and see or, if your time is even remotely valuable or your sanity a treasure to cherish, you can come watch someone else try it (pointing and laughing optional).
So come join the fun as we wallop our way through the world. Cautious individuals planning to sit in the first three rows may want to wear a raincoat; it won’t protect you in the slightest but if we forget what we were going to say we can always make remarks about your attire to get a cheap laugh.
Markus J. Q. Roberts has been pulling stunts like this on the computer industry for over thirty years.
- Title: Copyright lawyers can Gödel
- Track: Hacks
- Room: Burnside
- Time: 1:30 – 2:15pm
“This compression algorithm is of course very inefficient, at least when applied to a small collection of documents. But if you were to apply it to a larger collection, say, all the music ever recorded and all movies ever made, some gains may be realized…
- Speakers: Markus Roberts
New Monic Labs
I’m a software experimentalist and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the tech industry. I’ve held a range of positions in that time, from electronics assembler to software executive and just about everything in between.
Here are a few blog posts that might give you some idea of where I’m coming from: