Scotland Loves Anime, which played at the Edinburgh Filmhouse 14&endash;16 October. With my family I saw Coicent, Towanoquon, Five Numbers, and Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror. I particularly liked Coicent, illustrated above, because it is set in Nara and I recoginised the deer and the temple that feature in it from my visit there as an invited speaker at RTS, back in April 2005. But the real surprise was when Andrew, introducing Oblivion Island, recognised me sitting in the audience, and reminisced about learning Haskell and monads in first year at university, where he was a student in my first-year class. He's done a great job with Scotland Loves Anime, and it's wonderful to see the wide variety of activities our students initiate.
Alan Blackwell (above). Blackwell worked with Thomas Green. Green is the author of one of the few papers on the subject I know that has a clear, usable result: people find it easier to work with a flat sequence of conditions than with a nest of 'if' statements. Thanks to Lambda the Ultimate for a pointer to Blackwell's course.