[Pdx-pm] Tonight: How to Lie Like a Geek

Seven till Seven enobacon at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 00:57:21 PST 2010

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Wed. January 13th, 6:53pm at FreeGeek -- 1731 SE 10th Ave.

How to Lie Like a Geek
speaker: Michael Schwern

Geeks have a special relationship with The Truth. Nothing is more 
important than correcting a falsehood, no matter how small, and nothing 
is more odious than not telling The Truth. Unfortunately, in speaking 
The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth, the meaning is often mangled 
and the end result is the opposite, a lie.

We’ll examine some ways geeks lie while telling The Truth, to themselves 
and to others, and hopefully achieve better communications, easier to 
understand interfaces and maybe some personal enlightenment.

Some examples include: Lies by omission, lies by precision, lies by 
irrelevancy, lies by design, lies with statistics and that most 
dangerous of words “should” as in “the user should have realized”.

There will be cake.

As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the LuckyLab.


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