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Amanda Palmer hosts a speech-prep party

Past presenters at TED have included Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Bill Gates, and countless Nobel Prize winners. So when Amanda Palmer was invited to address this year’s conference — TED, an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design, kicks off Feb. 25 in Long Beach, Calif. — she was understandably anxious.

“no pressure what. so. ever. nope,” the former Dresden Dolls frontwoman wrote on her blog. “me speaking at TED is the equivalent of … a violinist having her first solo concert at carnegie hall. or an athlete getting invited to the olympics. Or like ... anybody on earth being asked to give the commencement speech at harvard. or a person who’s always wanted to be in ‘disney on ice’ finally getting hired by ‘disney on ice.’

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