Two Very Nice Opportunities to Indulge Your Curiosity

I received these two invitations today, both are open to the public. The programs sound like wonderful ways to charge up your knowledge of what’s coming in technology and learn how to more accurately portray technology for entertainment.  Sure sounds like Good Stuff for Spec-Fic Writers.

The College of Science and Engineering and the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries present

Disruptive Tech: What’s New, What’s Coming, and How It Will Change Everything

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
7 p.m. — Lecture
8:30 p.m. — Book signing and coffee/cookies reception
McNamara Alumni Center
Memorial Hall
200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

Presented by David Pogue, The New York Times tech columnist, host of “NOVA ScienceNow,” “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent, and author

As tech reviewer for The New York Times, David Pogue has a front-row seat for observing the blazing-fast torrent of new inventions. Hundreds of gadgets and technologies come down the pike every year, and plenty get lots of press—but he says most of it is junk.

In this fast-paced, funny presentation, Pogue will stick his neck out to predict which technologies will actually cause major, disruptive changes. He’ll display, discuss, and even demonstrate the technological advances—in personal entertainment, cellular tech, Web 2.0, and more—that will have the most impact on society in the coming years.

A book signing will follow the lecture with books available for sale courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Space is limited so register early! Seating is first-come, first-served on the day of the event.

To register or for more information, visit cse.umn.edu/publiclecture.

About the speaker:

David Pogue writes the tech column for The New York Times every week, and in Scientific American every month. He’s the host of “NOVA ScienceNow” and other science shows on PBS, and he’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002.

With more than 3 million books in print, Pogue is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He has written or co-written seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the “Missing Manual” series, which now includes 120 titles.

After graduating summa cum laude from Yale University in 1985 with distinction in music, Pogue spent 10 years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York City. He has won an Emmy, a Loeb award for journalism, an honorary doctorate in music, and has been profiled on “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

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About Patrick Sullivan

Pat Sullivan is an electrical engineer by training, corrupted into an Information Assurance architect--He recently let slip the secret motto of all IA people: "We're not happy 'til you're not happy." He likes to read science fiction and espionage thrillers, has a few patents, and is trying hard to breath life into a science fiction novel.

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