As with all new projects, uptake is slow but steady. The mailing list traffic looks pretty good for its first month of life; we’ve got a few people who are working on various math-related activities; there are nibbles of interest.
Pulling all of this interest into a coordinated effort will be a continually ongoing exercise.
The next real milestone, I think, is to really flesh out the Math4 teams. Putting together a few strong teams that consist of at least one developer and one teacher will really help move us forward.
Another important goal for me personally is to ramp up my recruiting efforts — which means refining the pitch and finding as many opportunities as possible to make the pitch to interested people. There are only so many hours in the day, and I’m pulled in a ton of different directions, but pitching the vision is probably the most important activity I can be engaged in right now. Which means that my time for hacking Mongo is somewhat curtailed. Alas. I suck as a coder anyway.
Anyway. There’s lots of efforts out there to “help kids” using free software. I sincerely believe that helping to fill out the 4th grade math curriculum is one of the most immediately actionable things we can do as a community. Tell your friends — especially your teacher friends. Join the fight.
Even in the sports world.
Anywhere you have:
1. Massive amounts of data that is publicly visible;
2. Enough geeks who care about collecting that data;
3. Enough geeks who care about manipulating that data;
…then you have the prospect of a data-driven revolution based on radical transparency.
Bill Simmons says “hey, Houston Rockets ownership, I know you’re collecting proprietary data about ‘how many blocked shots actually create a change in possession’. Why not open that data?”
There is a follow-up question that Mr. Simmons does not ask, but it is an obvious question, especially to us in the open source world. And that question is, “why aren’t stat geeks watching the games, recording these stats themselves, and sharing this data?”
The fact that these sports stats geeks are now gathering to hold these discussions at MIT is fascinating to me.
…I’d love to keep some of my daily task info on my local machine, so that I can keep track of it all offline — but then update corresponding pages on the Fedora wiki with a simple script. Can anyone point me to some dead easy scripts in Python/Perl/PHP that takes local content, logs into the wiki, and shoves that content into the right place?
Red Hat wants professors to participate in open source projects for a week this summer, and we’re willing to put our money where our mouth is.
We are accepting applications for this program right now. There have been some nibbles, but no formal applications yet.
The deadline for professors to apply is Friday, April 3rd, 2009. If you know any professors who would like to participate in an open source project for a week this summer, please tell them about this program. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask me.
That is all.
Yaaay! Now I can pretend I’m a developer!
The code is a straight up hack of Mines of Elderlore, as I talk about in more detail here.
So. The code is here. And there’s a bunch of TODOs, which I’ll be working on in whatever spare time I have.
Patches welcome. For real! Now I can say that and actually mean it!
Look, the mechanisms that are used to derive Fedora’s usage statistics may not be perfect — but they are completely transparent.
Simply put, I fail to understand why other Linux distributions cannot provide the same data. It’s just not that tough.
I guess it’s easier to say “we’ve got a jillion users”. Math is hard.
All right, since Adam gets to talk Dutch baseball, now I can.
Because the game between the Dutch and the Dominicans was on ESPN Deportes and therefore not available in my area, I was forced to “watch” the last two innings on the internet. As a longtime follower of the Baltimore Orioles (“fan” would be a bit strong, but let’s say I have contacts), I’ve long been familiar with both Eugene Kingsale and Sidney Ponson — two of the three ballplayers on the Dutch team with MLB experience. Neither of them were that good. So to see the Dutch beat the mighty Dominicans — not once, but *twice* — was an amazing thing. I wonder if the Dutch even know they have a national baseball team. I myself was jumping up and down in my living room when the little blip on the webcast representing Kingsale moved from third to home for the game winning run in the bottom of the 11th.
My big question: why isn’t Andruw Jones on this team? I mean, I know he’s not been great the last couple of years, but still, he’s pretty much the greatest Dutch player in the history of baseball.