A meteorologist in Arkhangelsk, in the north of Russia, once told me: "I know global warming is a problem, but I would welcome a bit of warmth up here. Then I could grow my own tomatoes."
We spoke as we stood on ice in the middle of the frozen Dvina river. The temperature was approaching -25C.
Mindless Link Propagation
Some stuff you just can't make up. From the c-jump website:
Discover fundamentals of computer programming by playing a board game! c-jump helps children to learn basics of programming languages, such as C, C++ and Java.
While I believe that learning how to think algorithmically early on is a good idea, I would dispute that C and C-like languages are rewarding choices as first languages. Alan Kay and the SqueakLand folks have something to say about teaching programming to kids as well.
I seem to have missed the previously discussed PLT Redex tool, A Visual Environment for Developing Context-Sensitive Term Rewriting Systems.