koldfront

Rodney Mullen on creating #free software #skateboard

๐Ÿ•‘๏ธŽ - 2012-08-03

Rodney Mullen with skateboard at TEDxUSC A little rambling, but interesting, TED talk by freestyle skating legend Rodney Mullen, with an unexpected comparison of skaters creating tricks and free software/open source programmers creating software.

The parallel of a skater creating a trick, sharing it with fellow skaters, who then take it, modify it, make it into something else, perhaps something better, and invariably sharing it back, is a quite clear one.

There is also a parallel in the way that skateboarding isn't strictly organized - you go skate with your friends when and if you feel like it, and you do it because it is fun.

Finally there is the sense of respect coming from what you do, not who you happen to be, or where you happen to be from, or what you happen to possess - the more you contribute, the higher regarded you usually are.

Add comment

To avoid spam many websites make you fill out a CAPTCHA, or log in via an account at a corporation such as Twitter, Facebook, Google or even Microsoft GitHub.

I have chosen to use a more old school method of spam prevention.

To post a comment here, you need to:

ยน Such as Thunderbird, Pan, slrn or Gnus (part of Emacs).