In my own speeches I try to avoid the boring PowerPoints with the bullets. I either put up pictures of really hot actors (by which I mean, hot-looking: Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, etc.), or puppies, or jokes, and I think I have the whole bullet thing isolated to one slide with three bullet points. Of course, when I'm so busy telling jokes and showing pictures of hot actors it's hard to find time to get to the bullets.

In 2003 Edward R. Tufte, famous for his brilliant and beautiful books on the visual display of information, decided he had had just about enough PowerPoint for a lifetime, and launched a campaign to rid the world of this scourge. "Alas," Tufte wrote, "slideware often reduces the analytical quality ...

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