In this presentation filmed during OOPSLA 2008, Mark Lehner, an Egyptologist, talks about ancient Egyptian cultures as seen through the discoveries made on the Giza Plateau and makes some connections with software engineering.
Mark Lehner is recognized internationally as a leader in research and thought on Ancient Egyptian cultures and societies. He holds a doctorate in Egyptology from Yale University. He is head of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc., an organization that conducts archaeological research in Egypt's Giza Plateau.
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I live 30-minutes drive from the great pyramids; now when I visit the area next time, things will certainly look different; also when I help building a piece of software, my perspective will also be diferent.
Mark, if you will be reading the comments here, and whenever you are in Egypt next time, I will buy dinner :)