Fried Green Tomatoes was by far one of my favorite movies. It was where women’s war cry TOWANDA! came about in this movie about oppression and abuse in the deep south. It was a film of rebellion, loss and redemption and Kathy Bates brought in the flavor of how a woman in her 40’s finding herself a hot, sweaty, menopausal mess rose from the ashes a generation later yelling TOWANDA!
Until an incident happened in this new class, I had hoped that my bearded neighbor who told me I didn’t belong because I was a woman was singular in his campaign to rid technology of Women.
Then, driving today, it hit me. My bearded neighbor who had told me I didn’t belong kept telling me that I would not be interested in this new language, complimenting me in the high level technology languages I already worked with, this low level Go language was really not for me, I would not be interested, it was server based.
However, the question he couldn’t answer was why he and the rest of the group were interested in this language in the first place?
The answer came loud and clear in the invitation:
“Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software.
August robot zombie hack night. We have nine Spheros on loan from Startup Edmonton. If you want a fun way to play with Go, please RSVP and come out.”
This language permits you to program robots! Low level language for servers only indeed!
Then I looked up Spheros as I had no idea what they were. If I Googled correctly, they will be programming balls to roll around on command though an app? 9 balls, how apropos! So these men will be playing with their 9 balls and I know what’s going to happen to the only woman in the room.
“I’m sorry, but we don’t have enough balls for you, you can sit in the corner and watch.” smile.
Dispatch “Geraldo” to the rescue!
“Geraldo” is my pet iturtle which sells for over $100 new but I rescued it from Goodwill for a mere $3. He is an interactive robot/speaker. I emailed my son-in-law who is a mechanical engineer and programs manufacturing robots for a living. I asked him for help. Can he send me links on how to best program “Geraldo” using the Go computer language as I couldn’t find any hacks.
I asked someone who was not in the class but we keep running into each other. He stated the obvious, “Geraldo” responds to sound waves. Thus programming his movements should be related to sound waves.
Then I had another thought, he, he, he. “The Google” found a great variety of Italian videos that played the funniest word in the Italian language.
OK Class, let’s practice together now…
It’s a rap, it’s a song, it was in several songs, it is right up there as the verbal version of the Italian salute.
“Geraldo” is going to SING in Italian while lighting up and moving his head and paw.
‘Cause he rolls that way!
Use your gifts for good, not evil.
Not much anyways ; )