Don't know who Palmer is, don't know what a TED talk is, so when you say no introduction needed, you're talking to some other audience. I didn't know there were "cultural icon"s of the 21 century. Oh, and the coffee is bitter this morning. Bah.
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Richard, Amanda Palmer is a performance artist, married to Neil Gaiman more so now. TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks started as a one-off seminar in 1984 and have spread throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes and talks are live streamed. Almost 2000 talks are now available online.Stay away from the bitter coffee, my friend.