Yes, they are as good as they look—you can tell we sampled one out of this batch!
I took the kids to KidsRuby this morning (another free workshop, part of the same conference that sponsored my RailsBridge workshop). The leader was enthusiastic and engaging, and they all seemed to like their two-hour intro to programming. It was more than I expected, because I figured if I got one out of three that really enjoyed it, that would be good. They even came home and geeked out for a while experimenting with some of the things they learned. I’m so happy to be able to expose them to different experiences than back at their old home.
Afterwards, since they “earned” so much chocolate candy by asking questions throughout the class, I told them I’d swap them something yummy out. We went and got chocolate vegan cupcakes from Ida’s Cupcakes, which were totally worth the effort!
A few years ago, I gave a presentation at Ignite Bend 2. Ignite is an event that takes place in communities around the world in which ordinary people give 5 minute presentations on any topic they’re passionate about. The Ignite motto is: Enlighten us, but make it quick. Ignite presenters are allowed 20 slides that rotate automagically every 15 seconds. Giving an Ignite presentation is both terrifying and exhilarating. If Ignite comes to your community, I highly suggest submitting a proposal. And if you’re not speaking, it’s always entertaining to be part of the audience.
IgniteBend recently made some past presentations available on YouTube. Here’s a link to my presentation from June 4, 2009: “How cupcakes inspired a conversation about pregnant cows & milk at my wedding party; or the joys of a Vegan (plant-based) diet.” I think I had been vegan less than 6 months at this point. Enjoy.
If you’re in Bend on February 9, 2011, come see Ignite Bend 6!