The longer full hour lecture is below. The ppt animations didn't get captured and it is hard to hear the crowd/questions but otherwise it is all there. I tried to make this presentation accessible to a general diverse audience. If you have any questions, please just email me or post here.
I just finished watching the short version, great for people who know little or nothing about cephs. Due to a night with no sleep, I'm going to need a lot more coffee before I tackle anything requiring brain cells. Thanks!
Were there students along with the teachers during the tide pool "show"? The first time I saw it I thought they were all young kids but during your pod cast you only mentioned teachers.
I loved the computer network analogy as that is how I always think about them as well, unfortunately, most of the audience probably has no concept of how a computer network is put together. In the early days of computers, I compared a specific computer technology to a species of dinasaur (who were thought to have a seconary brain - I think this thinking may have changed). The octopus would have made a better comparative for the paper but I don't think we knew that at the time
The "students" were all established professional teachers - some with decades of experience. We were at Catalina Island leading an Aquarium of the Pacific hands-on professional development course supported by Boeing. You can also hear Aquarium of the Pacific education staff in the audio. The octopus attacking the crab happened first but I didn't want to introduce the video and "step on" the audio - which was almost as amazing as the video - so we moved that clip to the middle.
I now think there is no need for voice actors for nature films - just get a bunch of educators and immerse them in something really cool. . .
Giggling educators with kid like ooos and ahhhs are terrific and way better than the mother in front of me on our last aquarium visit. We were walking through the under sea tunnel when one of her children expressed facination at one critter or another and stopped to look. The mother grabbed an arm to keep him moving and said, "THAT'S why we don't go into the ocean". My entire party immediatly turned and looked at me but I was well behaved and only muttered under my breath, "no, that is WHY we go into the ocean".