With the transition of SlideShare from LinkedIn to Scribd, I looked through my old tech conference presentation slide decks and wanted to highlight some of my slides that (maybe) were not as humorous as I planned. They say “If you have to explain a joke, it’s not funny” but I don’t care what “they” say - these are getting an explanation.
From Securing TodoMVC Using the Web Cryptography API, back when internet meme options were not as rich as they are today, I used The Most Interesting Man in the World to make a substitution cipher joke about ROT26 (which is equivalent to no encryption at all). Another throwback to my college years when NTTP group posts used ROT13 to obscure answers to jokes and puzzles.
html[ng-app]:focus, script:focus a syntactically correct CSS selector. This referenced that AngularJS added
class="ng-app" to the
<script> element, and I misappropriated the :focus CSS pseudo-class.
From Introduction to Speech Interfaces for Web Applications, where I made a Star Wars reference to line ”TK-421 why aren’t you at your post?” Each digit of 421 is enumerated by the actor, but most speech-to-text engines will say “four-hundred twenty-one” requiring custom mark-up to hear the intended result.
Hopefully, you found at least one of these funny without the explanation. Visit kevinhakanson.com/presentations for links to all my slide decks, associated code samples, and some video recordings.
Original version appears as a LinkedIn article