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Wed, 23 Apr 2008 12:35:30

Yet another year went by without me having a chance to go to the European Common Lisp Meeting. And I had so much hope for this year. Finally the stars seemed to have aligned themselves in a perfect constellation: Got that Lisp job? Check! Employer willing to pay your trip? Check! Got the money to pay for your own ticket if all goes awry? Check!

But then all went haywire: I got infatuated with the OLPC XO; the thing and the concept. Ordered the thing, the process of which was so strenuous and frustrating, I don't want to write it down, because just recalling the memories is to painful. But the physical device was not enough. To make a boring story short, my obsession brought me here, typing away on an XO in Kathmandu, volunteering for OLE Nepal. Yes, once again shamelessly copying Luke Gorrie, while still working for my ultracool CL job at

And while the whole of OLPC seems to fret and spirals into a depression over leaving team-members and rumours over XP (both concerns being quite unfounded as far as I can judge), we're totally psyched and upbeat about our pilot-launch on Friday in two rural schools.

Programmatically I've strayed of the one true path. Which is primarily the reason for this post. I have sinned my brothers. At OLE we're developing curriculum complimentary activities in Squeak, the Sugar stuff is in Python and the firmware is in Forth. And actually it's great fun learning a few new languages which you can put into direct use in a useful way. Forth being the most useless for our purposes, but which is by far the coolest of the bunch. And the Luke copying continues...

Here we're coming to the practical conclusion of this post. I won't bog you lispers down with posts about Nepal and OLPC and unworthy programming languages. I made another blog to harbour those kinds of things. The posts there tend to be a bit more structured and as of yet half of them are recycled from other places around the net. As of yet only one of them is about developing, and it's quite high level at that. But then again, what do you programming gods care about mortal wiles.


on Thu, 24 Apr 2008 04:32:02 Thomas said:

Hey, going to live in another culture for a while, making a change in the world, and learning a lot is a whole lot better than staying where you are and developing software in Lisp. Yes, even if it's Lisp. You did the right thing :-)

on Thu, 17 Sep 2009 03:41:10 Tom Elam said: is uber cool! I'm sticking playing with it into my OmniFocus GTD project list.

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