I’ve known that Jackson has been working on The Hobbit for a while. It’s gone through some trials and tribulations, but it’s been getting made. I expected it to be one movie, but now he’s announcing it’ll be a trilogy all its own! Goodness. I thought I had seen a good enough movie version of it when I watched the Rankin-Bass animated version in the 1970s. Glenn Yarbrough’s “The Greatest Adventure” still rings in my ears…
Anyway, the first movie, “An Unexpected Journey,” is coming out this December. Cool!
I’ve been following Prof. Mark Guzdial’s blog for a while, from the days when he used to have an author’s blog on Amazon.com (he moved to WordPress). You can find his blog at: http://computinged.wordpress.com
The Weekly Squeak referred to a post on Mark’s blog from a few years ago, but the author makes a really good point that I hadn’t considered at the time.
GA Tech announced a few years ago that it was dropping Smalltalk from its CS curriculum (it had dropped Lisp in 1999), and was moving to a curriculum that begins with Python, but goes totally with the “C-languages”: C, C++, Java, and C#. TWS says that this was a move to a “world without doubt,” and that this has costs:
“Doubt is an ingredient of the creative process. Innovators aspire to live in as large a world as possible. To shrink one’s world is to shed possibilities.”