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Transcripts of talks?
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A friend recommended a technical talk today: How to Design an a Good API and Why it Matters by Joshua Bloch. Looks good! It's also an hour long...
For a variety of reasons, it's hard to watch an hour-long video. I'd prefer to read the same content. But it isn't available textually. For my own talks, I produce full text as part of the preparation (for example, the Unicode sandwich talk).
People put slide decks up on SlideShare, but decks vary wildly in how well they contain the content. Some simply provide a backdrop, which is entertaining during a talk, but useless afterward.
Is there some way we can pool efforts to get more talks transcribed or summarized? Surely others would like to see it done? And there must be people eager to contribute in some way who could spend the time? Does something like this already exist?
I know the full talk, with the real speaker really speaking to me, is the best way to get their message. For example, Richard Feynman's series The Character of Physical Law just wouldn't be the same without his accent and delivery. But if the choice is reading a lengthy summary or not getting the message at all, I'll definitely take the summary.
Or maybe I'm an old codger stuck in text-world while all the younguns just want video?
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