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- Blind navigation crash course
EMF 2016 feedback form (results; form PDF)
Want to learn how to navigate blind (with a guide cane) from someone who does so all the time? This is an ad hoc crash course in blind navigation — hopefully without too much crashing.
Running into things is part of the deal for new guide cane users (… and even experienced ones), so expect a certain amount of that — while wearing a blackout eye mask.
- Meditation for Hackers
EMF 2016 feedback form (results; form PDF)
2 hour applied workshop practicing ~5-7 very different meditation techniques and discussing dozens of variants. Will include discussion of the basic mechanisms and instruction on how to customize to your own preferences.
No experience required. Techniques taught include methods that tend to work well for people who find "emptying your mind" difficult.
This will have no religion, metaphysics, "woo", etc — just practical methods. Techniques taught will not be particular to any "school", though people with prior experience will recognize at least one.
- "Opted out of verbally communicating": TSA's efforts to silence protest and obstruct justice slides
- Conlanging and US Intellectual Property Law
To what extent are constructed languages and writing systems protected by intellectual property law in the United States?
Copyright, patent, and trademark law all potentially apply to conlangs. However, there are many limitations and requirements for each that, applied to conlangs, bring up unique issues that have rarely (if ever) been clearly tested in court.
Thanks to generous pro bono work from the law firm Dentons US LLP, the Language Creation Society has gotten a informational background memorandum addressing these issues, which we are now making public. This talk, based on the memo, discusses the basics of intellectual property law in the US, how it may or may not apply to conlangs, some pragmatic take-aways, and Q&A.
- Make Your Laws
Make Your Laws is an open source, nonprofit, practical project that aims to replace all existing legislatures with online liquid democracies. Our aim is simple: to let you make your laws.
This talk includes background on the concepts of direct, representative, and liquid democracies; the tradeoffs inherent in different types of government; interesting problems for online voting and policy authorship; discussion of some legal context (e.g. loopholes in US campaign finance law; using Super PACs to empower normal people, etc); a practical road map to gaining full control over your legislature; updates on our activity with the FEC; and extended Q&A.
- CSS History Hack History
- Cognitive Psychology for Hackers
Experience firsthand some of the most interesting, surprising, and perspective-changing findings from cognitive and social neuropsychology. With perceptual illusions, priming, biases, heuristics, and unconscious influences, humans have tons of firmware "bugs". All have exploits; some even have patches.
Learn how to improve your own thinking, use others' bugs to your advantage, and gain new perspective on the unconscious and often illusory processes involved in your perceptions.
- TSA Screenings & Your Rights video handout slides
- Conlanging 101
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Introduction to history and typology of constructed languages. In full talk, the audience co-creates a very simple language on the spot.
- Free Space File System
proposal of a novel thin steganographic file system that stores data in the “free” space of a host file system
- Introduction to anti-telemarketer law
discussion of US federal & California laws regulating telemarketers, and how to track down and take action against abusive telemarketers who behave improperly
- Intro to American Sign Language
- Massage techniques
- How to run a conference slides
- Why blocking cookies won't save you
- A gripping language
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the unique tactile phonology of our gripping language, which is communicated entirely by finger presses
Applied Morphology & Vocabulary Generation
2 1-hour workshops teaching a creative approach to morphology; first using tinker toys to allow participants a more abstract view of potential interactions of morphemes, then applying these ideas to standard phonology using nonce morphemes.
- Non-Linear Fully 2-Dimensional Writing Systems video