Scott Steketee is a developer of Geometers Sketchpad, a dynamic geometry software package which I’ve blogged about before. He and his son are doing a cross-country bike ride to promote Sketchpad and its statistics-oriented cousin Fathom, and they’re going to blog the trip. From the web site, here’s a nice explanation of the connection between cycling and Sketchpad:
I’ve been bicycling since I learned to balance a bike. Not only great for recreation and competition, cycling is the world’s most efficient form of transportation. Bicycling is based on a simple and elegant technology that’s the most effective and environmentally sound method of travel for short trips.
My enthusiasm for bicycling is rivaled by my enthusiasm for The Geometer’s Sketchpad, another easily mastered and elegant technology.
Apparently he’s going to be posting Sketchpad projects along the way as part of the blog. Unfortunately the route doesn’t come through Indiana, but if you’re on his way then you can have him come in and meet with you.
By the way, expect more blogging about Sketchpad in the future from me too, as this is what I am using instead of a textbook in my upper-level geometry course this fall.