LUV Beginners Workshop, Scratch & crochet

20 February 2010, 22:25

This arvo I went along to the Linux Users of Victoria (LUV) Beginners Workshop and had an enjoyable afternoon playing with shiny toys. The Beginners Workshop has been running for a year now and by all accounts is a success. It’s quite easy going and a great place to share advice and tips on all things Linux.


Scratch on the OLPC. Photo by Wayan Vota, licensed CC-BY-NC.

I didn’t bring my laptop today as it was rather hot, and I knew there would be some OLPCs there. So I spent some time trying most of the OLPC applications, TamTam being the most engaging but I couldn’t figure out how to put together my own sound sequence. Finally I turned to Scratch, which I have been intrigued by since seeing Tony Forster’s talk on it at Software Freedom Day 2009.

And thus I was able to create this:

Scratch Project

(Oddly enough, I can’t view this directly on my own laptop, as (A) my distro is so out of date I can’t easily install Scratch, and (B) getting Java applets to actually work seems to be a task more difficult than… virtually everything else on Linux. Note to self: really REALLY need to update my OS. Now I’ve given up and installed it under Wine.)

So here is the “code” to make this:

Ghost:

Unicorn:

The “Share” function will lets you easily upload your project to the Scratch website, as above, is very very cool. It’s integrated very well.

After that I set to crocheting. (See Revisiting craft for the backstory.) Last week while I was waiting for MXUG to start, I wandered around in Clegs and started my stash (you will need a Ravelry account to see that I think). Last weekend Emma Jane gave me my first crochet lesson at KiwiFoo, and I wanted to get started before I forgot that tactile memory completely.

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These are my first, second and third (in-progress) pieces. The second piece looks like a triangle, although it was intended to be square. I guess I kept dropping stitches. The natural colour pattern in the multi-colour wool is interesting. Maybe it is more noticable in small pieces. I will keep them because I guess later they can be tacked onto bigger pieces as decoration.

The third shows a distinct improvement in consistency. I will see if I can keep the stitches up for a few more rows before attempting anything “real”.

It was a fun afternoon of tinkering.

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  1. ameso — The Antikythera Mechanism on Squeak EToys is worth a look on etoys on the OLPC, but you probably need to be reading the referenced journal article to have an idea of what’s going on. I don’t know if the Ubuntu 8.04 etoys would work. etoys on 9.04 needed a minor tweak.

    — rdb · Feb 22, 02:01 pm · #

  2. that looks interesting… I opened Etoys on the OLPC but it seemed to basically be a haunted house navigation game, which I’m not too into anymore.

    As for 8.04, within a month or so I will get around to upgrading. it’s just too much hassle to get stuff working on it, so I’m putting some installs on hold until I do that.

    pfctdayelise · Feb 22, 11:42 pm · #

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