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Brian Beckman: On the General Theory of Channel 9 and Life in the Universe

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Brian Beckman, software architect and astrophysicist, discusses his General Theory of Channel 9, what Channel 9 means to him personally, his love for the Niner nation, the power of humanized corporate communication and life in the universe. Smiley

Happy Birthday, Niners!!!



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  • jason818_253.33jason818_25​3.33 Yippi skippy
    C9 Rocks!
  • Christian Liensbergerlittleguru <3 Seattle
    Any chance we get a little bit more of Brian? Would be nice to also chat a little bit more about astrophysics Smiley
  • jason818_253.33jason818_25​3.33 Yippi skippy

    This is the first time I had heard of the explanation for why we speculate there is dark matter.

  • Sven GrootSven Groot Don't worry... I'm a doctor.
    Great video. Astrophysics is such a fascinating topic. Smiley

    I felt it would be relevant to post this:

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    Awesome, Sven Smiley

    Thank you for being such a great member of the community. And to all Niners: much love. Much love.

    Keep on posting,
  • Ahh, computer hobbyists. That was one of the major factors in me not chosing to study computer science and engineering. I did not want to turn a hobby into a career. Who knows if my chemical engineering degree will end up being applied to computers...
  • Bent Rasmussenexoteric stuck in a loop, for a while
    Happy birthday C9. Ain't nothing like it out there. Smiley
  • Happy Birthday C9! Smiley

    ( a bit of correction... the astrophoto site's url is not apod.com, but apod.nasa.gov )

    Anyway, I really like the interview and I like that Brian talked about the isolation problem of Microsoft. I don't think it's only about geography. Frankly, I always thought that MS lives in a paralellel universe... just take a look at its technical terminology, PR, the way it handles the web etc. On the other hand I accept that it must be hard to operate such a large organization and keep it consistent and appealing to tens of millions of different customers. I think C9 is a great way to show the human side of the company. Good job, guys! Congratulations! Smiley

    By the way, a birthday is always a good ground to start speculating about the future. What do you think the IT world will look like in 5 years?
    (I'm sure only about these: Google will have indexed the books on my bookself and Windows 7 RC1 will be promised for the xmas season... just kidding... Smiley
  • William Staceystaceyw Before C# there was darkness...

    So Newton thought gravity was pulling things down to earth.  Einstein said reverse.  That spacetime was pushing things into the earth which was gravity.  So if spacetime surrounds a planet and "pushes" on it as hard as a planet pushes back - then what gives spacetime its muscle and push?

  • nmarcelnmarcel How much near The Singularity is?
    I'm very curious about that secret project Brian is working on.

    Remembering the prior interviews I can think of some cues:
    Physics + Simulation + 3D + Functional Programming  = *?* (will Rock!)

    Happy Birthday Channel 9! Smiley

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