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Kara's TED Video: No Sarah Silverman Cussing, but–Shocker–Rob Glaser Touts Bill Gates!

For goodness sakes, the controversy over Sarah Silverman’s appearance at the tail end of the TED conference last week can be distilled to this:

You either like the gutter-mouthed comic or you don’t.

BoomTown does and thinks the whole bit about adopting a mentally-challenged kid was very funny, although decidedly sick. If you listen to even a tiny bit of her act, this is pretty much what you might expect to hear from Silverman.

But, we press on!

Here’s a video I did from the event, the highlights of which were Nathan Myhrvold’s demo in which he lasered mosquitoes, Jake Shimabukuro’s masterful ukulele playing, chef Jamie Oliver’s wish for better nutrition and a lessening of obesity, and, perhaps, Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder and now megaphilanthropist Bill Gates’s interesting focus on stopping all CO2 emissions stat.

You can see the Oliver video below, and the rest of the talks soon on the TED site.

And here’s my video, in which I take a tour around TED and interview a variety of folks, including former RealNetworks (RNWK) CEO Rob Glaser–who used to work for Microsoft–praising Gates’s speech:

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus