"I am going to tell you a true story, that I made up."

In "Who Killed the King" from PechaKucha Night Orlando Vol. 18, Magician Extraordinaire Kostya Kimlat embarks on a fun-filled journey into the hidden stories that lie in plain sight in a deck of playing cards. Kostya goes on to share his mindblowing theory about the card of King of Hearts with us, touching on the European history, the history of card making and his own assumptions.

Focus on Orlando

Via Eddie Selover:

"Last night, a special “Powered by PechaKucha” event was help at the Orlando Science Center. Over 400 people came to two sold-out shows to watch seven presenters talk about the wonders of space exploration, the benefits of yoga, about juggling, puns, theme park design, the future of brain research, and the beautiful effects of music on the brain. As always, the crowd was enthusiastic and the laughter and applause for this event went on and on.

At the same time, only four miles away, other Orlando people were dancing and celebrating at the city’s Pulse nightclub. This following morning we learned that 50 of them had been senselessly killed, in the worst mass shooting in American history. A lone gunman, motivated solely by hate, was able to spread fear and grief and sadness among thousands of people. We are feeling that grief right now, and struggling to find answers. But we will find them—as we always do—in our connection with each other, in our shared humanity, in the love in our hearts. Love is stronger than hate; love will always win out over hate.

We've read comments that Orlando is now “home” to this latest record-breaking atrocity. That’s wrong. Orlando is home to millions of wonderful people, home to a thriving arts community, home to a renaissance of culture and inclusivity. That’s what it was yesterday, and that’s what it will still be tomorrow."

PechaKucha People: Eddie Selover

Our PKN Organizer in Orlando, the soft-spoken but ever charismatic Eddie Selover deserves the PechaKucha People spotlight after what he said in response to Orlando being called “'home' to the latest record-breaking atrocity." "That’s wrong," he says "Orlando is home to millions of wonderful people, home to a thriving arts community, home to a renaissance of culture and inclusivity. That’s what it was yesterday, and that’s what it will still be tomorrow."

Thank you Eddie for all the you do to bring the spirit of PechaKucha to Orlando and for being part of it's inclusive culture of creativity.

Orlando will be kicking off its year of PechaKucha Nights with its Vol. 15 set for February 6. Visit the official event page for all the details.

The next PechaKucha Night in Orlando (Vol. 14) is coming in October -- on the 17th -- and here's the lovely new poster to promote it. Visit the official event page for more details, and the full list of presenters.

The Orlando Sentinel catched up with PechaKucha Night Orlando organizer Eddie Selover, in this video segment.

Thirty-one people showed up for the first Orlando Pecha Kucha in 2010. I was one of them. As a new reporter at the Orlando Sentinel, my editor assigned me to cover the event at the Cameo Theater.  (I wrote that 50 people attended the event in the original story. I guess my attendance estimator was a bit off.) 

Illustrating PKN Orlando

What does a PechaKucha Night in Orlando look like, illustrated? We've got the answer right here with this lovely piece by Thomas Thorspecken. See more examples of his work as well as very detailed rundown of the event (Vol. 12) he participated in here.

Is dumping supplies on the under-privileged really the best way to help them?

After realizing what a force for good business could be through serving on humanitarian missions to New Orleans and Haiti, Evan Keller decided to start a non-profit (Entrust) which leverages business to fight poverty. He sends experienced businessmen to Honduras and Haiti to teach, mentor, and hold seminars. Their first year was extremely successful. In "Business as a Force for Good" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, watch to see the amazing things they accomplished.

The next PechaKucha Night in Orlando -- the city's Vol. 12 -- is happening a week before Valentine's Day (on February 7) and so the theme is appropriate: "Showing Orlando Some Love." Below is the list of presenters and the titles of their presentations, to whet your appetite:

- Carolyn Moor: A Modern Love Story [this is her story of being widowed at a young age]
- Max Jackson: Love and the Human Brain [neuroscience]
- Kristen Walmsley-Manieri: A Yearning Curve [Kristen's unofficial title is "why husbands need to get laid more"]
- Joe Tankersley: Data Love [our over-reliance on data]
- Thomas Thorspecken: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Orlando [local artist sketches Orlando arts events]
- Susan Rienzo: Color Sings to Me [art quilting]
- Emily Empel: The Futurist’s Paradise
- Mike Van den Abbeel: Would You Please Sign this Petition? [for medical marijuana]
- David Alecock: Being Present for Love

"How many times have you used the word 'awesome' today? Once? Twice? ...Seventeen times?"

In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Awe of Awesome" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, representative from the Proper Vocabulary Usage Advocacy* Jill Shargaa argues that the word 'awesome' has been used more and more to describe things that are, in fact, not awesome at all. Here she gives us some great examples of things that are indeed awesome in an effort to re-strengthen the value of the word.

*not a real organization