m-x start-them-early

Since it was a national holiday, I took The Gibber into work for the day. I sat him down at a desk near me with a laptop and got him on the guest network. He played some MineCraft, and after a while I suggested he work on his book report a little.

“Here, use this,” I said, launching a program. “First, you can just type stuff and it appears. Then, control F goes Forward, control B goes Back, and control N and control P go the next and the previous lines. You can use the arrow keys, if you want.”

He typed some stuff and tried it out.

“Okay, now Control U and a number does the next thing you type that many times. Type Control U and thirty and the letter A.”

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

“Okay, Control U by itself just does four. Another control U multiplies that by four. And another.”

BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB

“Works for the commands that move around, too. Try it out.”

BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB|BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB

“And the Meta key (and now you know what that ESC key is for) makes things go _bigger_, so you can jump around by words and paragraphs…”

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I show him C-X C-S and C-X C-C, and a little more, and five minutes later he’s happily typing away.

A cow-orker comes by and asks what I’m doing.

“Teaching him Emacs.”

“What?”

“No son of mine will use vi.”

“Oh.”

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5 Responses to m-x start-them-early

  1. Bernd says:

    Orgmode should be great for school work because it’s great for everything. Markdown-mode and Auctex are cool, too, but easy to get lost in, esp. tex.

    Also, magit is the new type ex.

    The real question is when to bring a kid to dissociated or the therapist (or show him how to feed therapist and pinhead to each other). 😀

  2. rain says:

    10/10 – will do the same when my kids get old enough to type.

  3. c'est moi says:

    Next step should be LaTeX for beautifully typeset school reports.

    I once interviewed a lass for a development position. I asked her how big her .emacs file was and she knew what I was talking about and it turned out hers was bigger than mine. My suggestion to the bossman was that we should take her on.

  4. Kevin says:

    Emacs would be a great operating system … if only it had a decent editor.

  5. Landon, if you ever come to Bay Area, look us up, I’d love to meet you and your family.
    We even have a guest room if you want to use it. You are always welcome.
    Maybe you can teach my children (24 and 27) Emacs.

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