Saturday, January 22, 2011

The TED Commandments

I stumbled upon this while googling for interesting TED talks to watch with kiddo this coming week. TED features prominently along with other online and video media in our home. Yes, we all know how fun these talks can be...but did you know that the TED guys send a stone tablet to their speakers before a talk is prepared? I didn't know this either. I thought I'd bookmark may be fun for the kiddo to remember some of these "rules" when he volunteers for presentations:

I. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick
II. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before
III. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and thy Passion
IV. Thou Shalt Tell a Story
V. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy
VI. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
VII. Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods, thy Writings, nor thy Desparate Need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness.
VIII. Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
IX. Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
X. Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee
Hat tip to Tim Longhurst for the list of commandments (in the spirit of full disclosure, I took the liberty to change the numbers to Roman numerals) and to Rives for the photo of the tablet on his blog.

Speaking of Rives, have you seen this totally offbeat one?

Guess what...kiddo was born just past four in the morning! (grin!)
Don't you just love creativity?


  1. lol, that was hilarious! Love the commandments too - very cool ;)

  2. That's really cool, but I ALSO clicked back on a few links, ended up at your Sept 17, 2009 post ... and clicked through to look at the Life Sciences resource (at

    I've downloaded a few units of the free book to try with DS. Did you and Kiddo continue using these resources, and what did you think? I like the look of Chemistry too ... did you use it?


  3. Kerrie, I want to write like he does! LOL.

  4. Hi Vanessa! Yes, he used the life science download and liked it but we didn't use it with the teacher guide as much as I'd thought we would. He mostly read aloud portions of interest and would be giggling away a lot of the time.

    I'd downloaded the chemistry resource too...however, he developed a huge interest in John Emsley's books by then and we didn't use it in the end. HTH!

  5. Thanks Suji, that does help. Sounds wise to take it one series at a time. It's hard to predict what we'll want in 6 months. Ta muchly!


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