Summer Projects

by Daniel H. Steinberg

Are you looking for something fun or interesting to do this summer? This week, we begin with an interview with Julieanne Kost, whose pictures from airplanes are published in the book Window Seat. Then Google's Chris Dibona talks to us about the upcoming second Summer of Code. Finally, Dale Dougherty reads from his article in Make magazine on Natalie Jeremijenko and her robot dogs. (DTF 05-08-2006: 24 minutes 35 seconds)

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Distributing the Future May 8, 2006: "Summer Projects."

:57 Window Seat

Julieanne Kost quietly began taking pictures out of the window of airplanes a few years back. Before she knew it, she had embarked on a full-scale personal project that has culminated in the book Window Seat. She describes how she got started and the process of taking the pictures and producing the book. (9:13)

10:10 Summer of Code

Computer science students need to earn money in the summertime. Google is helping them earn their money while continuing to work as developers through their Summer of Code program. Last year, Google matched 400 coders with 40 open source projects. Chris DiBona tells us that this year's program is bigger and better than last year's. (7:08)

17:38 Robot Dogs

Make magazine's Dale Dougherty is back with us again. This week we have excerpted the audio of him reading an article he wrote for the magazine on Natalie Jeremijenko and her robot dogs. (9:55)

Total running time: 24:35

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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