From the monthly archives:

May 2007

Heck. Read this. My young friend wrote it and it’s real as can be.

[tags]jmo, centipedes in your belly, butterflies are bad enough[/tags]

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One Laptop per Child

May 31, 2007

Ethan Zuckerman has been in touch with the One Laptop per Child program since its inception, and he reviewed it in January. Tonight I was privileged to meet Ethan and to hear Nicholas Negroponte speak about the current status and future plans for the program. Negroponte is a big thinker. He wants to equip each of the 1.2 billion primary and middle-school age children on the planet with a networked laptop at a price of around $100 each. To do this, he intends to limit orders to one million units. Today the price point on the laptop is about $176 and — as Ethan pointed out to me — there is a networking cost that kicks up the buy-in to about a quarter of a billion dollars if your country wants to be an early adopter.

There are no orders in the pipeline right now, but by the end of the year, the progam will be producing about 20% of ALL the world’s laptops, or 1 million per month. After Negroponte’s talk there was some discussion of gettin these for native peoples, here in the US and in Canada. It seems possible, but the million unit order minimum makes eliminates incrementalism and pilot programs, so it would take a national policy mandate to make it happen.

Just think what would be possible if we weren’t burning money in the bonfires of the Bush wars.

[UPDATE: ISABEL JACOBSON, THE LAST GIRL STANDING IN THE SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE JUST CORRECTLY SPELLED "HELODES." KEEP IT UP, ISABEL!!!]

Professor Negroponte doesn’t have any million unit orders yet, but he has a list of national prospects including nations as diverse as Nigeria, Argentina, and Vietnam. I noticed Venezuela wasn’t on his list. It seems like the kind of natinal betterment project they are equipped to undertake. (Ethan pointed out to me that there can be great enthusiasm at the classroom level, and at the national policy making level, but the school administrators also must buy in).

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Bolinas

May 30, 2007

I want to join the Well just to shout BOLINAS, BOLINAS, BOLINAS!  That whole “town that wants to remain anonymous” crap is so cloying and stupid.  There’s good dope in Bolinas, and dopes too I must say.  If you’re ever engaged in something meaningful in West Marin, like a trip to the Audubon Canyon Ranch, [...]

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“Let us paint our faces and speak Helium to the dusk”

May 30, 2007

Enjoy poetry?   Then click on over to Ray Sweatman’s place and immerse yourself in what he has shared with us this month.

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It’s the essay, ese

May 30, 2007

Yesterday’s mail brought an important message from David Isenberg posted here on his blog. This is some really meaty information and deserves a thorough read before comment. When you get there skim down the through the prefatory matter, pause to relish the anecdote about the sailing captain who “got” steam so well that he mounted [...]

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In search of Veneta…

May 29, 2007

Last night the cat went missing. This is unusual. Veneta is a sociable kitty and usually can be found within a few hundred feet of the family. She generally comes when we call her. We know her habits and her ways, but last night she was nowhere to be found. We searched the house, and [...]

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Infinite number of monkeys on this bus

May 28, 2007

as the poems go into the thousands you realize that you’ve created very little. it comes down to the rain, the sunlight, the traffic, the nights and the days of the years, the faces. leaving this will be easier than living it, typing one more line now as a man plays a piano through the [...]

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Tabs from my browser…

May 28, 2007

I do, however, load up on 48 AA batteries at a time which everything I own except the cat seems to require. A Fair(y) Use Tale my personal favorite, Gerald McBoing Boing, or their highly stylized version of The Tell Tale Heart or their adaptation of James Thurber’s The Unicorn in the Garden or the [...]

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