TITLE: And Now Starring... AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: September 10, 2004 11:03 PM DESC: days 2 and 3 at plop ----- BODY: I was in a skit tonight. I don't think I've had a role in a skit not created by one of my daughters since 1985 or so, when I teamed with one of best friends and the cutest girl I went to college with on a skit in our Business Law class. The skit was put on by Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising to introduce their forthcoming book, Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas. They wrote a short play as a vehicle for presenting a subset of their pattern language at XP 2004, which they reprised here. I had two lines as an Early Adopter, a careful, judicious decision maker who needs to see concrete results before adopting a technology, but who is basically open to change. Wearing a construction paper hat, I pulled off my lines without even looking at my script. Look for the video at a Mr. Movies near you. My favorite part of the skit that didn't involve me was this Dilbert comic that opened the show. PLoP makes you do crazy things. Our writers' workshop was excellent. Ralph Johnson and I had two papers on our elementary patterns work at ChiliPLoP. They are the first concrete steps toward a CS1 textbook driven by patterns and an agile approach from the beginning. The papers were well-received, and we gathered a lot of feedback on what worked well and what could stand some improvement. Now we're talking about how to give the writing project a boost of energy. I'll post links to the papers soon. -----