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: Demon Chicken 30 January, 2006, 10:53:18 PM
'ello kids!

Hope you're all fine and dandy.  I seek the might wisdom of the hive mind.  In about 2 weeks I've got a rather bizzare interview where I've got to do a 5min presentation.  I though (foolishly?) to do it on the mighty tooth and now I need to work out how much to include, what to include and how geeky to make it.  Bearing in mind it's only 5 mins long, does anyone have any tips?  So far my ideas run to "what is tooth?", famous charachters (Dredd, Johnny Alpha, Dante) and possibly a brief thing of "visit www.2000adonline.com for all your comic-y needs"
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: Funt Solo 30 January, 2006, 11:00:19 PM
Aye, well - 5 minutes ain't long.

A good overview source would be the wikipedia entry for tooth - plus I assume you'll be using lots of pictures of iconic characters.
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: Banners 30 January, 2006, 11:08:39 PM
Much like a first date, if it's for a job interview then I would avoid references to Judge Dredd at all costs.

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: Dudley 30 January, 2006, 11:13:50 PM
Reluctantly, I have to second mbanners' comment.  No company I've ever worked for* would hire someone who did a presentation on comics.

*A stunning category of shysters and villains, mostly in the marketing services industry.
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: Art 30 January, 2006, 11:59:11 PM
Do it on "online communities and web-mediated collaborative projects" ie wasting time on messgageboards talking about comics and that.
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: Bad Andy 31 January, 2006, 12:20:13 AM
You don't have to do it on the comic strips themselves - you could do it as the business development of a niche title and how its managed to keep going for 25 years.

The fact it's been bought by a video games company on the strength of its intellectual property rights I think is fascinating and an example of (sorry) 'thinking outside the box'.

Of course it all depends on what the job is you are going for.
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: Demon Chicken 31 January, 2006, 02:34:01 AM
Ok, admitedly the job is for a science technician type.  But come on guys! it's tooth! What self respecting science-geek-type isn't into comics?!  

>The fact it's been bought by a video games company on the strength of its intellectual property rights I think is fascinating and an example of (sorry) 'thinking outside the box'.

Good point that man! /me writes this down somewhere to include.

Art: maybe not too wise to advertise to employers I'd be wasting time here :P

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: Quirkafleeg 31 January, 2006, 05:06:05 AM
At a wild guess... if giving presentations, training etc isn?t part of the job... then they might be wanted to see your communication skills to make sure you are not a complete nerd. Or are sadists. Or they haven?t got a clue.

General advice - don't mumble into your crib notes, use visual aids if you can, practice but not so much that you are boring etc etc
I'm sure there's a ton of stuff on line re public speaking

I was once on the other end of this and one bloke basically read his cv to us and told us how brilliant he was for the job. And yup, he got it.
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: ming 31 January, 2006, 01:48:17 PM
From a science geek point of view, it might be interesting to list a few of the ideas that appeared first in the pages of the Galaxy's Greatest, only to later emerge in this so-called 'real world' of which people speak ;-)

It's a bit early for me to think of any, mind...
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: Noisybast 01 February, 2006, 04:16:28 PM
Riot foam
Robot dogs
Exploding World Trade Centre
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: Funt Solo 01 February, 2006, 04:24:16 PM
Sonic Cannon
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: I, Cosh 01 February, 2006, 05:00:57 PM
Just a small point. Are you sure you get to pick the topic yourself?

My experience of this kind of thing has always been that you are given a topic (and occasionally some background material which you deliberately aren't given enough time to assimilate) then left for fifteen minutes to prepare your talk.
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: Demon Chicken 01 February, 2006, 06:19:39 PM
> Just a small point. Are you sure you get to pick the topic yourself?

Bizarrely I'm allowed total free reign in choosing the topic! I even spoke to the recruitment wifey to check that it was right.

>Exploding World Trade Centre (?)

Did I miss this one?

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: Richmond Clements 01 February, 2006, 06:24:02 PM
Exploding World Trade Centre (?)

Did I miss this one?

I doubt it, it was all over the news a few years ago...
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: Oddboy 01 February, 2006, 06:55:52 PM
It happened in an Annual apparently - so you probably did miss it.

What about Zenith phase IV predicting the death of Labour MP John Smith from a heart attack.
Prog 806 published Oct '92.
Smith actually died (from a heart attack) aged 55 on May 12, 1994.
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: Satanist 01 February, 2006, 07:02:10 PM
How about guns that recognise the user and dont fire when in the hands of someone else.
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 02 February, 2006, 06:24:29 PM
Electronic eyes
A facist US government
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: Funt Solo 02 February, 2006, 10:59:24 PM
"A facist US government"

I think Orwell might have dibs on that one.
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: Dudley 02 February, 2006, 11:05:45 PM
Try Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here (1935).

The book "starts with the highly contested election of an oafish yet strangely charismatic president, who talks like a 'reformer' but is really in the pocket of big business, who claims to be a home-spun 'humanist,' while appealing to religious extremists, and who speaks of 'liberating' women and minorities, as he gradually strips them of all their rights. One character, when describing him, says, 'I can't tell if he's a crook or a religious fanatic.'.... The president, taking advantage of an economic crisis, strong-arms Congress into signing blank checks over to the military and passing stringent and possibly unconstitutional laws, e.g. punishing universities when they don't permit military recruiting or are not vociferous enough in their approval of his policies. Eventually, he takes advantage of the crisis to convene military tribunals for civilians, and denounce all of his detractors as unpatriotic and possibly treasonous."
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: BrianO 03 February, 2006, 02:59:19 AM
Don't forget when asked what your weakness's are to explain that when exposed to the radiation from fragments of your home planet you lose all your powers and become as weak as a mouse. Quickly follow this up with the line,
"Actually I do tend to use humour to lighten tense situations"

Thank you to Noisybast for that one!
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: Will I. Cooling 03 February, 2006, 07:50:14 AM

For debates (which are kinda five minute presentations) there a set format your suggested to follow. Have an introduction where you outline what you going to be talking about, then a middle where you outline three main points and then a conclusion where you restate your three points,etc. That way you have five points (intro, 3 substantive points and a conclusion) for five minutes.

Good luck with the job interview
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: Devons Daddy 03 February, 2006, 09:30:28 AM
you could try science fact of today. based on science fiction ideas,
which are primarily found in the comics many of todays boffins read in their youth.

helps you have a ready knowledge, 2000ad and waffle with elegance with such acknowledged creations the panel likely read about in the newspapers.

(star trek had the  first automatic sliding doors)which are now common in shops these days.
there is a bio medical company with a prototype model of a needleless hypodermic injector, again a star trek first.