I really haven't done anything geeky lately. I would really like to be hacking on Parrot and expanding my Perl knowledge base but I don't seem to have the energy. I should also be spending time with Jean learning/teaching languages - but nada.
I have this loose idea in my head about free on-line training sessions. Spending time in the Monastary CB and #perl shows me that no matter how many times you tell someone to RTFM they just don't get it.
It is a well known fact that different people learn different ways. Some people need to have things related to something they already know - others are better visual people than auditory - yadda yadda yadda. So this loose idea is where people would submit requests for training sessions - (how to pass by reference, how to sort complex datastructures, how closures work). I know - stuff that is in TFM. Then someone would volunteer to be an instructor - perhaps come up with some slides - but the actual training would be live and on-line. Perhaps the instructor creates an IRC channel where they are instructor/op and anyone else who joins is considered student
That last point I see as critical - the entire channel is devoted to the instruction of a single topic and there is exactly one teacher. The others present can ask questions.
Anyway - it seems that there needs to be a very structured underlying framework for this to work and I am too lazy to work on it. Chances are if I gave it any more thought to transform it from a loose idea into a solid one I would think it was a ridiculous idea.