June 1st, 2017

We had another biannual Jupyter team meeting this week, this time it was right nearby in Berkeley. Since I had read a poem at the last meeting, I was encouraged to keep that going and decided to make this a tradition. Here's the result, as delivered this past Friday, recorded by Fernando Pérez (thanks, Fernando!).

June 1st, 2017

We struggle -- with ourselves and with each other
we plan -- we code and write
the pieces and ideas t'wards what we think is right
but we may disagree -- about
the means, about the goals, about the
shoulders we should stand on --
where we should stand, what we should stretch toward
shrink from, avoid, embrace --
a sense of urgency - but this is not a race

We can't erase the past
but we have built this future present
There's much to learn, to do...

Ours not the only path, no one coerced you here
You chose this -- so did I and here we are --
still at the barricades and gaining ground
against the old closed world:
compute communication comes unshackled