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Re: [opensource-62] tweenbots! unmeasurably awesome

From: Jade
Sent on: Monday, April 13, 2009 12:48 AM
Great vid John. Thanks

--- On Sun, 4/12/09, John Fields <[address removed]> wrote:
From: John Fields <[address removed]>
Subject: [opensource-62] tweenbots! unmeasurably awesome
To: [address removed]
Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009, 10:15 PM

The video is really good... and look for the new versions link in the text.

Watching people help this little guy (or gal) along, mirrors an awful lot of what I see in Open Source. People come and go, randomly crossing paths but sometimes stopping long enough to help out a little bit as needed.

Why do they stop? To which I answer: Does It Matter? Being free to *actually* help is the critical foundational piece (and why software licenses are sooo important). The facts are that THEY DO stop and help, and in large numbers too. And as always - they get something valuable back by giving something valuable away.

Soapbox time:
I don't know about you but I have come to terms with the fact that technology is entirely neutral when it comes to morals or ethics. While we all *want* it to be good, help others, save babies from burning buildings... sometimes it is the match, or the bomb, or the trigger. The power ultimately lies in the hands of the user...

To me this is an example of GOOD use of technology. It is screamingly great in so many ways..

  • simplicity
  • economy
  • accessibility
  • implementation

For instance: the project is instantly accessible to people. IT is cute and non-threatening. IT's only need is for "help" to get where it is going. IT is made out of cardboard instead of (cold, hard) aluminum or plastic. IT's whole existence frames your choices for interaction with it.

Kacie Kincer - she has my respect. Props!

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