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Lately I’ve found myself watching a lot of recorded technical talks on YouTube. I prefer text for learning about something in detail, but I’ve found recorded talks more helpful when I want a broader overview of a topic, or if I want an intro to something outside my usual interests.

(They also make exercising on the treadmill less boring, which is a nice side benefit. ;-) )

However I recently finished all the talks from RICON West, and my queue is empty. Does anyone have any recommendations for good talks or conference playlists to check out?


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    The video tag is a great place to start. Not sure how many of those videos will interest you, but the few I’ve seen are pretty great.

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      I’ve really enjoyed the Destroy All Software videos; they’re not free, but maybe ask your company if they’ll go in with you on the cost.

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        If you’re interested in NLP or machine learning at all, “Deep Learning for NLP (without magic)” was really good (for someone who knows something about NLP but very little about neural nets) http://nlp.stanford.edu/courses/NAACL2013/

        Also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDLKJtOVx5c&list=PLD0F06AA0D2E8FFBA is a list of really good Khan Academy-style videos on ML.

        And Alex Smola’s “Scalable Machine Learning” course is really good if you’re a systems person who wants to learn about applied ML http://alex.smola.org/teaching/berkeley2012/

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          If you’re into functional programming, the ClojureTV channel on YouTube seems to have a lot of good content.

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            Confreaks posts lots of videos to the confreaks youtube channel.

            I help organize a conference and this is probably our most discussed video: Architecture, the Lost Years, by Uncle Bob Martin from Ruby Midwest 2011. Uncle Bob also has his own (paid) video series at http://www.cleancoders.com/ .

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              While not a technical talk, Dan Harmon’s keynote at XOXO 2012 is quite entertaining. It’s main point is that the internet is great because we don’t take it too seriously, and we should keep ourselves from taking it too seriously. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej_aFOnT04g

              Also, most talks by Steve Yegge are pretty good.

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                Another great XOXO talk (Maciej Cegłowski, Pinboard): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eky5uKILXtM

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                Someone in #go-nuts linked me this excellent video from Linux Conf Australia: Introduction to go by Mark Smith from Dropbox. :)

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                  I’m a big fan of Bret Victor’s talks: Inventing on Principal, Media for Thinking the Unthinkable and others

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                    This a completely shameless plug but this is me talking about write-optimized data structures at Percona Live in 2012, hope you like it if you watch it: http://youtu.be/q6BnG74FZMQ