Happy Holidays (and a gift)!
Wishing you a warm, kind & peaceful holiday time.
Looking back, this has been one amazing, intense whirlwind of a year. I've learned about the publishing industry, about printing, about book design, about building a brand and most of all about myself. This is a very short update, since I have a lot of news and confirmed things lined up for January. 2015 will bring one much awaited book. I promise you, I'm waiting as eagerly as you are. Scroll down for a small holiday present and an update on the web side of things.
P.S I started to write about the whole process of the last 9 months - I didn't forget about it! But it works much better for the January update. In short: done with book materials, worrying about different options of shipping & delivery and the different upsides/downsides they have.
Play dress up with Ruby & Tux!
Send a little holiday spirit to someone special with this Ruby paper doll. It comes in two sizes, and works best when printed on sturdy paper and gifted with some blu-tack and a pair of scissors.
In addition to good old dress up you can practice many computational thinking concepts with the paper dolls. Try these out with your kid:
- Can you point out the green and red clothes? What about clothes that are green, but don't have dots? Which clothes are not yellow? (Booleans)
- Choose the proper clothes: If it's raining, Ruby wears ______, else she wears ________. If Ruby goes to the beach, she packs with her _____, else she will do _____ and wear _____ (Conditions)
Ruby & play
One of the things I've known early on is that this book needs to have a web component to it (it's about computers after all!). I wanted to build a site where kids and adults could expand their experience with Ruby. Through testing the exercises for the book I realised it all comes down to play: creating experiences that go deeper than just learning logic. I'd see kids sit for an hour, building their computer or discussing the ways something is or is not a computer. So I wanted to put all the instructions neatly in one place, and helloruby.com was born.
Currently you can find a few different play activities on the site. Ever wanted to make a universal remote control (and learn about events while at it)? Or talk about what computers really are? Or spot the right friend of Ruby's? You can also share your own play ideas or pictures of the things you made. This is still very experimental and I look forward to working more on this once the book is out.
The distractions of the month:
- The Imitation Game. The new movie about Alan Turing and the origins of the modern computer. I know the opinions on the movie are varied, but I really loved it and would recommend it to anyone. Pair with Alan Turing's childhood reading list and try out with the interactive Turing machine built by Google.
- An Illustrayed History of Mac OSX. Meet the family of the cats (and the Snow Leopard :) and learn about the history OSX . Loving the way illustration is used also in this web design history overview.
- A book recommendation for all you out there: No Starch Press has a great selection of books for budding programmers, engineers and scientists. One I especially recommend is written by my friend Eric Weinstein and called Ruby Wizardry.