by +Ali Almossawi
You may remember the free online book, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
, doing the rounds on G+ in 2013, well now its author +Ali Almossawi
has produced Part I of a new story, kindly in the Creative Commons, called Hans in the Land of Bards
Part II: Hans in the Belly of the Nihilistic Tuna Fish
and Part III: Hans in the Mantle of the Socially Awkward Deep Sea Octopus
are coming later in the year. The work sets out to explain some common computer algorithms in an eccentric adventure story form with links to more technical details and code in the side bar. It looks to me like Ali has lived in England and he's been influenced by Lewis Carroll.
Ironically, given that Ali works for Mozilla, albeit on visualizing Firefox Metrics, the little anchor links in the side bar don't take me, a Firefox user, into the bottom of the screen as I imagine they are supposed to. So, if you are interested in details, please go to the end of the story part and find and click on read more
.Hans in the Land of Bards is an adventure story about an absentminded tailor and his quick-witted accomplice who struggle to escape a land where things aren’t always what they seem. During the journey, our protagonist is exposed to concepts that are ubiquitous in software, but whose usefulness extends beyond that field. Much as in life, the lessons come in the form of head fakes, which means that our protagonist doesn’t realize at the time that he is learning anything of value.Hans in the Land of Bards
@ Github: http://goo.gl/ZvpB66
Now that you have read Part I you should be ready forthis puzzle
: http://goo.gl/kGLkz9An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
(also available for fee in hardcopy, for gifts, etc.)
Ali Almossawi: http://goo.gl/jHdZrd
Image: Alejandro Giraldo.