Friday, September 14, 2012

Watch an Author as she Writes


Here at Digital Diner, we use Google Docs a lot.  Some of the collaborative features are quite impressive.  It always amazes me that you can remotely watch other people editing documents.  There is something fun about the process.  Well, Silvia Hartmann, who calls herself the Naked Writer, has invited us all to watch her as she writes her novel Dragon Lords (note - the "Naked Writer" is naked as in vulnerable and exposed.  There is no way to tell from the Google Doc what she is wearing while she is typing - just fyi).  It is an interesting experiment in performance art.

Tune in to watch Silvia writing live on this Google Doc.

How about a live software development competition?

I have to admit, this is the closest I've seen to a little fantasy I had many years ago wherein software programming became a spectator sport.  I imagined that crowds would watch as coders would compete to produce effective and efficient code.  There would be a rumble in the crowd when one competitor forgets to close a curly brace producing an obvious syntax error that will cause problems at compile time.... Another might draw boos by using an unnecessary global variable.  Others would draw cheers as with a creative algorithm.  Who knows?  Maybe that is possible now.  I'm sure it would end up being  prime time TV material.