June 26, 2009

Sugar on a Stick

Writing about web page http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_on_a_Stick

Today I had a quick go of Sugar on a Stick, the liberated version of the software that runs on the One Laptop Per Child computers. It’s pretty good and I can see where it would come into its own if it’s wirelessed up with a classroom full of other laptops, all chatting and learning and stuff. For me the best thing was dancing back in time to that day, once a year, when the teacher would drop this round robot on the ground and get us to program it to move forward and turn right. That’s right, the LOGO Turtle. Consequently I had retro fun using the Turtle Art software that’s included with a reminiscent tear of joy trickling down my beautiful face.


Fig 1. Witness my procedural vector text rendering prowess.

There is also a 2D physics playground app where you can draw shapes and watch them fall over and basically smash shit up. It’s pretty good and I’m usually all in favour of smashing things up but I dunno; not sure if kids should be learning science and getting all knowledgeable. They might grow up clever and make us look really stupid.

If you want to try it you can find some old dusty computer that’s not running very well and maybe use this to give it a bit of life, or you can do what I done and use VirtualBox to make it appear as a little virtual computer in a window, inside my real computer. I know, creepy.

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  1. Sue

    It’s interesting, isn’t it? (what we like to do with our spare time, I mean) I was thinking perhaps I might watch some Glastonbury on TV tonight and then came across a lttle piece in the TV schedule saying that Sacha Baron Cohen will be on the Jonathan Ross show tonight. It says:-
    “Sacha Baron Cohen brings along his latest comedy creation, fashion reporter Bruno. It would be far more interesting if Baron Cohen came as himself.”

    26 Jun 2009, 12:06

  2. Sue

    I’ve always been in love with statistics and when I heard a description of a certain disease and the people it effects I was bowled over recently. This is what I read:-

    The great majority of sufferers are Japanese and 80% of people affected are men. But of the women who are affected (20%) Caucasians greatly outnumber the Japanese.

    To be honest, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

    26 Jun 2009, 12:35

  3. Mike Willis

    For various reasons, I’ve always felt somewhat cheated by the IT education I got a school. One of those reasons is that not once did I ever get to play with one of those Logo Turtles.
    I downloaded a Sugar Live CD once and wasn’t very impressed, though I forget why. I might have a look at this though.

    26 Jun 2009, 12:43

  4. Sue

    For some reason I didn’t get any IT education at school – I’m completely self-taught! I was thinking because when I was writing on here this morning I was phoned by a friend who has just come back from holiday and she said “It was just so nice not to have to think.” And I thought, yes, that’s why I’m looking forward to my holiday and I think my partner in particular deserves not to have to think for a while as he’s always away making the world go around or, at least helping it to keep going round.

    26 Jun 2009, 13:14

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