Dave Winer on Nerd TV


I’m a big fan of Dave Winer. He’s pioneered a number of technologies that have helped tranform the shape of the internet including SOAP, XML-RPC, RSS, OPML and podcasting (watch out on the OPML front, I think 2006 will be a big year for this) and one of, if not the original bloggers.


Last week, Robert X. Cringley interviewed Dave on Nerd TV.  I watched it over the weekend (there is transcript available of the video interview).


The following segment totally cracked me up:



Dave Winer


“Bob: And what made you decide to make this your career?


Dave: A very visceral reaction to it. I mean I just knew that this was what I was gonna do. When I – there was a moment when I was sitting there at the keyboard and program. I just understood it. It just made sense to me. I just got it, and I had – there were lots of things that I really liked, and if you’d asked me when I was a teenager if I would end up being a programmer, I would’ve said, “That’s the most ridiculous thing/idea in the world.” Absolutely not. No, I was the editor of an underground newspaper. I was a promoter of rock concerts. I was a drug dealer. I was a-


Bob: What did you deal?


Dave: Well, mostly acid, actually.


Bob: Okay.


Dave: If you wanna know. I wasn’t expecting the conversation to go that direction, but –


Bob: You took it that way.


Dave: Yeah, well, you asked it. Yeah, I did. I know, absolutely.”


 

Comments (4)

  1. Adam Field says:

    I met Dave at a BBQ at Robert Scoble’s house last summer and must say he’s pretty cool (if not very direct) guy.

    He hates spyware and is willing to take up the case with any MS employee in earshot 😉

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    Lucky you! Hope to meet Dave myself one day.