It’s not that he usually says the right things; he only says the right things, all the time. As a result, he fuels a quasi-tautological reality that makes his supporters ecstatic, even if they don’t accept it as wholly valid.
A modern-day HyperCard. Something that allows anyone who can just kinda-sorta program to make their own apps. We’ve regressed in this way from 20 years ago. 20 years ago most Mac users could build their own software with HyperCard — rudimentary stuff, often, but nothing is more satisfying than scratching your own itch.
Incredible answer from Gruber in this interview, 5 Minutes on The Verge, to the question: “What’s missing in technology that nobody seems to be working on?”
I’ve mentioned how much I loved HyperCard before. iWeb was a train wreck, but something like a revival of HyperCard could introduce a lot of people (particularly kids) to development, and the big hook today would be the ability to export your stack as an iPhone or iPad app.
Oliver’s school has a rule: 3 runny poops, and you get sent home. They have a few other objective measure of whether or not a kid’s sick, but that’s the one we’re interested in with Oliver’s current GI situation.
If you get sent home, you can’t come back until you’re “24 hours symptom free”, which basically means: “Don’t come back tomorrow.”
So, if you’re a parent that would like to avoid missing work, you have to do some tricky calculus when you decide whether to take a baby to school. If you take him and he gets sent home, you miss 1.5-2 days of work. If you don’t take him, you’re choosing to miss one day, in hopes that he’s well enough to take tomorrow.
It’s this interesting, high stakes game of health and probability that I never thought I’d be playing, but the school has done a good job of creating an incentive structure that encourages you to keep a sick kid home.
The other side of the incentive structure is whacked out though: the teacher and school are paid the same no matter how many babies they send home as “sick”, so we’ve had a few cases where we had to pick up what appeared to be a perfectly healthy Oliver.