[Edu-sig] Reminder: Early Bird Registration for PyCon Ending Soon

Ivan Krstić krstic at solarsail.hcs.harvard.edu
Sat Jan 13 01:59:05 CET 2007

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Arthur wrote:
> I do think that hearing from the chief architect of the OLPC,
> presumably with deep Python knowledge  and *on the subject of the
> architecture of OLPC* - is great. The issue being the *implementation
> of an architecture* - which is what progammers do. And there is good
> reason to presume this implementation presented some interesting 
> challenges - dealing with resources limitations, for one. And how
> those challenges are being addressed should, presumably, be of
> general interest to a programming audience.
> So what (truly) surprises me most from Jeff's announcement is the
> title of that architect's talk.  It sounds like an cool-aid
> invitation, not the technical talk I would have  expected.

Worry not, you're definitely getting a technical talk. There's plenty of
cool tech to discuss and show off, and I don't intend to skip over any
of it. But what we're doing at OLPC has much broader implications than
just being a cool use of Python, and I think it'd be foolish to not talk
about those. So the snappy title is there because it sounds more
interesting, I hope, than 'OLPC and frobnicating the phase multiplexer
with Python,' and also because it doesn't constrain me to _only_
discussing the technical bits.

For what it's worth, I have been doing bits of teaching in various
capacities over the past 5 or so years, and have even managed to get
some awards shoved at me for it. So while I'm by no means a formal
educator and don't have decades of experience behind me, I do think I'm
not just waving my hands when I talk about education. Which I will.

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