which adults use it? what was built in it? (bubble slow revolution)
WoofJS - tried to fight “next step after Scratch”
Help me think through research
Teaching kids to code essay
Getting girls in tech, loopy
FRP visual metaphor UI
how did that get started? breakdown?
content there or on your website?
In Boston for Knight foundation and Mozilla foundation had a joint fellowship
10 months ending Jan 2017
Now hangs with MIT Media Lab
Unofficially because no degree or visa
Maybe independent contractor at Civics lab
Probably won’t get it, but find because Patreon
Learn to code by making games and animations in Flash
Made an entire game without arrays
His why: understanding. Understanding systems.
So many directions
Making tools enables others to make explorable explainations, games, models, learn by making.
Another option is contriubting science, not just explaining science. Evolution of trust has a interesting scientific claims.
a game theory where people can upload AIs and battle each other out to figure out research questions
All about connections
Know who your audience is (so you know their connections)
a. Bret Victor is not into programming. He’s just talking to programmers so he’s talking in terms they’d understand.
Start with graph of knowledge / endpoint
Start point: start with why.
a. Connect to something they already care about.
b. Make them love the question.
c. Give them an interesting problem to solve.
e. Big question (how do people learn?)
Figure out best traversal of graph
a. Draw 3 outlines first to think about different structures
b. Outline look like boxes with words connected by arrows of “therefore” or “but” (South Park guys)
c. Can do “meanwhile back at the ranch”
For each node in graph, connect to things people already know
a. Metaphors to things people already know about
d. Allow audience to “do”
“Kill your darlings”
a. Get rid of tangents.
b. Get feedback from friends
his patreon story
created right after parable of polygons, Jan 2015, $84
grew linerally from parable of polygons until Sept 2015 when released something new
advice: don’t work on magnus opus
advice: collaborate someone with an audience (like Vi Hart)
Dec 2015 another jump: simulate world in emoji
October 2016 we become what we behold $600
To build a better ballet was timley so got a bump
loopy got another bump
4 months ago, evolution of trust was a big jump and continued growth over the next few months
In August, gave a pretty popular talk
two audiences: 1) lay people, 2) programmers
power law distribution, not many above $10
just set up a patreon
if you have an audience, make it semi-presentable and polished