[Edu-sig] A case against GUIs in intro CS :-)
ajsiegel at optonline.net
Sun Jun 5 19:40:42 CEST 2005
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kirby Urner [mailto:urnerk at qwest.net]
> Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2005 12:08 PM
> To: 'Arthur'; 'Edu-sig'
> Subject: RE: [Edu-sig] A case against GUIs in intro CS :-)
> > The only realms that I can think of in which the notion of the voluntary
> > adoption of and adaptation to discomfort has been successfully
> > is
> > Religion
> > Athletic training
> > I have decided to (at this time) forego the incorporation of the Church
> > the Awkward Interface (hmmmm... foregoing some nice tax benefits), and
> > concentrate for the time being on the athletic training meme.
> > See how far I get.
> > Art
> I think the athletic training metaphor is a fine one to milk.
Less far-out when I recall that my 10th grade math teacher and my junior
varsity wrestling coach were one-in-the-same. And I promise that training
for collegiate style wrestling is all about adaptation to discomfort.
Perhaps explains how I can get through 8 chapters on Lisp syntax ;)
> I'm drawn
> the bicycle world in particular, where there's the actual activity of
> riding, which may be very strenuous (distance racing is one of the most
> punishing of all competitive sports), but also the job of maintaining the
The real point, I think, is that it is not the most efficient way to get
from here to there. But its workings are transparent, and there is no
ambiguity as to whom is supplying the power.
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