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This is a page of tropes Alan Kay mentions often. Each page is meant to try to unpack what are often fairly opaque references to meaningful things in Kay's mind.

  • powerful ideas
    • democracy
    • science
    • perspective drawing
    • the written word
    • TCP/IP
  • education
  • influences? (friends??)
    • neil postman
    • seymour papert
    • bob barton
    • dan ingalls
    • ted nelson
    • licklider
    • engelbart
    • mcluhan
    • jerome bruner
    • vygotsky
    • piaget
    • john holt
    • montessori
    • dewey
    • minsky
    • vannevar bush
    • plato
  • people influenced by him?
  • "the music is not in the piano"
  • Logo
  • simula
  • object-orientation (message-passing)
  • sketchpad
  • planner
  • licklider
  • arpa funding model
  • inner game of tennis
  • book list
  • boiled frogs
  • cardboard flies frog starves
  • user interface
  • vpri
  • cdg
  • apple
  • atari
  • ford vs da vinci
  • engelbart, mother of all demos
  • hypercard
  • planner
  • narrative storytelling
  • tinkering/engineering/math
  • clockwork vs biological systems
  • the internet as a scalable organism
  • smalltalk (various versions)
  • squeak
  • etoys
  • one laptop per child program
  • city-building curriculum
  • man a course of study
  • vivarium project
  • lisp, the "maxwell's equations" of computing
  • the flex machine
  • pop music / pop culture
  • model t
  • empire state building (built fast and well, tallness compared to number of books of lines of code)
  • pink plane vs. blue plane
  • frogs eating paralyzed flies
  • we are theatrical by nature
  • we are limited in what we can think about
  • we are mostly non-human (primates, mammals, etc)
  • bruner's multiple mentalities (piaget trick + piece of paper)
  • Kahneman system 1 and system 2
  • human universals
  • learn french by living in france
  • etoys
  • music (be in musical culture, not chopsticks culture)
  • do science on engineering projects to create models, sciences of the artificial