December 9th, 2008

Monkeys!

Dilinger pointed me at an amusing anecdote about monkeys leading off an essay about Python 3.0 (you can skip the Python parts if you're not interested in that stuff). I wonder to what degree some of OLPC's long-running software gun battles are over monkey-and-the-fire-hose sort of stuff. Since I imagine myself on the "good guys" side most of the time (part of having healthy self respect, etc) I like to think of some of the objections I hear to proposed refactorings as being "attacked by the old monkeys" -- but, to be honest, I'm sure there are large parts of Sugar which I like which are just "how it's always been done", and I'm probably as guilty of being an "old monkey" as others.

Sugarcamp Friday

Last bit: the video from Friday's Sugarcamp sessions (2008-11-21) is now up. Ogg-format video in both full and small sizes is available at download.laptop.org. There are "all of Sugarcamp", Wednesday, Thursday, and (new) Friday playlists on YouTube.

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Friday has talks on Sugar UI and Collaboration. (These links are to the "small" Ogg-format files, reasonable for downloading.) I came in late to the Sugar UI brainstorm session, so the video is missing the first part. Sorry about that =(.

That's all the sugarcamp video! Hope you've enjoyed watching along!

Pippy. And Winnie-the-Pooh.

In October, SJ and I travelled to Peru for OLPC. (Ob. Plug: buy a G1G1 machine this holiday season! It helps get laptops to needy kids and helps fund us to develop more and better software for those kids.)

Anyway, my favorite story from our time in Peru was when SJ stood up in front of a classroom of university kids and announced, in Spanish, "Now we are going to make drawings with pee-pee." He actually was talking about Pippy, the python-programming-for-kids activity written by Chris Ball (with patches from yours truely and others) -- but there's a reason why Pippy is translated "Peppy" in Spanish =).

But I've found another contender for that crown: a cookbook. Best book title ever. (David Friedman not only found that book, he made it an "employee pick" when working at a "large chain bookstore".)

So. Pippy and Winnie-the-Pooh. Closing a scatological circle.

(While I'm in the neighborhood, I have to plug David Friedman's Murder in the Hundred Acre Wood as well. And 10 Lessons from the Movies. Ok, go resume your productive lives now.)