Wave Robot Ruby Client — Sam Ruby ported the Wave Robot Python Client library to Ruby. He found that the wire protocol is full of Java classnames, and says, Overall, I feel that this Google Wave could benefit from earlier and wider reviews. In the comments, a Google employee replies The Java API was implemented first… We are working on de-Java-fying the wire protocol and making the python robot client library more “pythonic”.. Lovely to see Google actively cocreating with the wider web world, because the alternative (the old-school “we know better, use my sacred code you unworthy mortal” arrogance) does not lead to successful web-wide technology.
How Do I Remediate THAT? — my favourite blogging teacher observes that his remedial math class don’t engage as much, even with the fun videos he plays to start discussions. The comments are fascinating, and point to gems like the following:
Describing the Habits of Mind — the habits that humans exhibit when they behave intelligently. E.g., Managing Impulsivity. Goal-directed, self-imposed delay of gratification is perhaps the essence of emotional self-regulation: the ability to deny impulse in the service of a goal, whether it be building a business, solving an algebraic equation, or pursuing the Stanley Cup. Effective problem solvers are deliberate: they think before they act. […] They decrease their need for trial and error by gathering information, taking time to reflect on an answer before giving it, making sure they understand directions, and listening to alternative points of view. Often, students blurt out the first answer that comes to mind. Sometimes they shout an answer, start to work without fully understanding the directions, lack an organized plan or strategy for approaching a problem, or make immediate value judgments about an idea (criticizing or praising it) before they fully understand it. They may take the first suggestion given or operate on the first idea that comes to mind rather than consider alternatives and the consequences of several possible directions. Research demonstrates, however, that less impulsive, self-disciplined students are more successful.
The Internet of Things That Do What You Tell Them: Cory Doctorow passionately explains how computers are already entwined in our lives, which means laws that support lock-in are much more than inconveniences.