[Vm-dev] I need an idea. I know you have some. Give.
casey.obrien.r at gmail.com
Fri Mar 8 10:21:08 UTC 2013
Holy cow! This is a great idea, absolutely brilliant. Really the replacement for Logo's screen isn't a turtle on a screen, it's a 3D printer which can print 3D printers and thank you. An old mentor of mine said this two years ago.
Bad news: I'm probably not the right guy to do this. I can code, but I have next to no experience with 3D anything, and to be completely honest, I've flunked tests about spatial intelligence. When I try to play first person shooters, I get lost and stuck in the corners of rooms.
Then again, when I was trying to convince people to let me lead a team of 30 to create a Piagetian learning environment which was going to (eventually) simulate basically everything, like a virtual field trip, I spent a lot of time with OpenQwaq, and I didn't get stuck in corners. I just clicked the yellow triangle and it took me where I wanted to go.
That was, by the way, the thing Andreas called overly grandiose.
I'm so into your idea though, that if someone else who had 3D experience as well as a command of the Croquet codebase wanted to jump in and help, and we were able to raise enough to get it done, I'd seriously consider it.
In other words: great idea, you're in the running already, but there are critical contingencies involved. I won't hustle my friends into thinking I can be the principle engineer in any Croquet based project. I am not qualified to lead the development of something like that.
I want more brilliant ideas. This is already fantastic. Do you have a better idea than this? Jump in.
I hope this thread will be as fun for everyone else as it is for me. We are immersed in a community which embraces radical ideation, and I can't even begin to express how lucky I feel to have experienced that.
On Mar 8, 2013, at 12:50 AM, Nicolai Hess <nicolaihess at gmail.com> wrote:
> Combine Croquet (as a 3d modelling application) with a 3d-printer.
> 2013/3/8 Casey Ransberger <casey.obrien.r at gmail.com>
> Hello Squeakers!
> My job search is turning up dead ends, hurry up and wait, and unfathomably boring prospects.
> Screw all that! I want to do something cool.
> I'm thinking about doing a KickStarter, but almost all of my ideas are either a) stuff no one else wants which only I could possibly think would be cool, or b) overly ambitious. The words Andreas used to describe my last idea: "a bit grandiose." Gift for understatement at times.
> So I'm looking for something which could be completed by one or two geeks in six months to a year, which people actually want, to be implemented (at least in part) using Squeak, and to be released at the end under the MIT license.
> I've floored my expenses, so I can make my own labor (relatively, for a guy living in Seattle) very cheap. By floored, I mean the room I sleep in isn't even tall enough to stand up in -- I do not presently meet the definition of a free-range chicken -- and I've disconnected my cellular service. I want to be an efficient engine for getting things that matter to me and other people done, rather than go on being some tool used to ship lucrative enterprise crapware.
> So here's the $x question: what do you want me to do? I have a Raspberry Pi on order, so bonus points if you can work that in somehow.
> The person with the best (realistic) idea will be credited for it.
> Inspire me! And thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this message.
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