Friday, December 11, 2009

Article: Post-Ignite Boulder 7, Teflon Kicked to the Curb

As expected, Ignite Boulder 7 did not disappoint in the least.

Honestly, there were no bad presentations, but here are a few of my favorites:

Kristina Wang (shown above, with Andrew Hyde) delivered a fine talk on saving an endangered species: Engineers.

A tour of Antarctica and South Georgia Island, complete with penguin-eating skuas, shipwrecks, and more icebergs than you can shake a camera at. Nice work Alek Komarnitsky!

Groundbreaking research on sustainability, green living, and environmental responsibility via the F-bomb, from Erika Napoletano at ReadheadWriting.

More research from the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) covering From Wrong to Funny. Fantastic.

True to form, Ef Rodriguez starting things off with some outstanding caroling to banish the BahHumbugler from the evening (and beyond).

My talk entitled Cast Iron Cookware: Why Your Great-Grandma Schools Your Ass on Sustainability went last, and seemed well-received from what I recall. It sure was a lot of fun, and has generated many kind words. Thanks everyone!

I'll post the video once it is up... and in the meantime, here's a (kinda dark) photo of that Teflon cookware that I found kicked to the curb when I parked my car before the event. A good omen.

Thanks again to everyone who came, and especially to Andrew Hyde, Benjamin Chait, Kath, and the rest of the Ignite organizing team. And special thanks to my peeps at Foraker for suffering through lots of practice!


  1. You did an amazing job, Derek. I know you've been showered with loads of compliments already, but I can't help but add more lovely nuggets to your coffers.

    You rocked like a unicorn on a surfboard.

  2. Thank you sir! And right back at ya. Awesome evening all around.


  3. Fine #fbombing work, Derek. I'm a slave to my cast iron and only hope I could look as good as Jessica Alba when I oil it up!

  4. "Unicorn on a surfboard" is an awesome level of rock.
    I'd say you got there, indeed.

  5. Your presentation was fantastic for so many uncountable reasons. My car ride home was full of my passengers quoting one-liners from your speech! Also, thanks for the shout out and the photo...had so much fun. :)

  6. Erika, I have no doubt that you are at least as hot as Jessica Alba when you oil it up. Looking forward to whatever Ignite Boulder 8 might bring from the Readhead!

    Jake, you know I love you.

    Kristina, glad to hear your crew enjoyed it. Hope you're already working on your next spark!

  7. Epic...just epic!

    Growing up, all my Mom used was Revere Ware & Cast Iron. We were all raised with **SPECIFIC** instructions on how to wash/dry/use the Cast Iron skillets (we had 3)

    As I got older (read = more anal-retentive compulsive about cleanliness) I couldn't get past the 'greasy' factor.

    Now? I am ready to travel the Cast Iron road once more.

    Could you please enlighten me on the whole greasy factor as it relates to cleanliness, etc?

    I want to believe!!! :-)

    Thanks again for presenting...your blog rocks and I'm adding you to my blogroll asap :-)

  8. Hey Kath,

    I will have a blog post up soon that's all about putting it away greasy... (ifyaknowwhatimean)



  9. Hey folks, posted that (iPhone) video, and also put up a new FAQ... so please submit your questions! Thanks. Looking forward to whatever Ignite Boulder 8 will bring.



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