April is a silly month. This edition in the influential articles series is also silly. We’re going to talk about…chickens.

Yes, that’s right, chickens. As in πŸ”. Or rather, πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”.

You might say “julia, you can’t possibly have multiple articles about chickens”β€”but you would be wrong. This isn’t a hipster Seattle thing. Though it did originate in Seattle…

Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken, by Doug Zongker

In his groundbreaking paper, Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken (archive), Doug Zongker, Ph.D, explores the various properties of chickens. Units of measurements, growth, and what I assume to be applications in cryptographic functions. He also tries to determine if chickens are linearly separable.

It’s a short paper, but an excellent survey of chicken chicken chicken.

Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken, presented by Doug Zongker

Once you’ve read the paper, you should absolutely watch him present his paper. Someone managed to capture a video of it, and while the quality of it isn’t great, I often reference it as an example of how to create engaging and interactive presentations, even when the material is full of chickens.


Sadly, the slides aren’t terribly visible in the video, but you can download them from archive.org

Whenever I’m writing, or giving a presentation, I think about chickens. How can I incorporate chickens? How can I amuse my audience and get my point across at the same time? How do I get them to chicken chicken chicken?


In conclusion, πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”.