Archive for November, 2011

Yippee! We just uploaded to Apple’s Appstore the “binary” for Agio Studios’ first iPad App, It’s Cool to be Clever

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Announcing Agio Studios’ first iPad App, It’s Cool to be Clever

Developed by Agio Studios at Agio Publishing House

Welcome to Agio Studios at Agio Publishing House. Please explore our website and contact us with your questions and ideas, and to report any technical challenges with the iPad app. We’d love to have your comments on app issues, general
feedback, or feature enhancement requests.

A blog (with lots of new material not included in the Cool to be Clever app) and excerpts from the app may be found at this promotional website:

If you have a story that needs to be told, and the motivation to make it happen, you are invited to review our publishing program:

Here’s the description of the COOL TO BE CLEVER iPad app

It’s Cool to be Clever: the story of Edson C. Hendricks, the genius who invented the design for the Internet

Have you ever wonder how the Internet was really invented? IT’S COOL TO BE CLEVER tells the true story of an inquisitive schoolboy in the 1950s who is bullied because he is so smart. He finds comfort in an imaginary world where he has machine parts, and no biological organs or emotions. Years later, Edson’s strange capacity to “think like a machine” helps him create a way for computers to communicate. His “connectionless” network design is used in today’s Internet.

Includes intriguing illustrations, story by Leanne Jones with narration by Edson Hendricks, and an original musical score. Read the latest info on preventing bullying at school. Loads of pre-Internet emails, anecdotes and other computer science archival material, 12 video interviews with Edson Hendricks and 3 audio interviews of author/composer Leanne Jones, exploration of the “genius” and “inventive” mind, predicting the future, first email virus, advice to programmers, the origin of tektites, and so much more.

Ideal for all ages, especially clever children 6+ and anyone with an interest in Internet history and inventing. How was the Internet really invented? The inspiring true story is revealed for the first time in a most entertaining fashion with a bonus treasure trove of backstory research.


  • bright child-appealing illustrations that “float” delightfully into position with each finger swipe
  • a true inspiring story written by a former primary school teacher, suitable for “chapter-book” reading level
  • complete story narration by Edson Hendricks (with option for the app to turn the pages)
  • the latest information about preventing schoolyard bullying from the Red Cross, The Council for Exceptional Children and the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • “teaching children of genius” advice from Leanne Jones
  • Edson Hendricks’ memories of being bullied as a child and by IBM managers
  • “How my mind works” and “people who are different” interviews with a genius
  • Hendricks’ unorthodox insights into the origin of Earth’s water and tektites
  • original musical score – 6 songs composed and performed on piano by Leanne Jones
  • Hendricks interviewed: “genuine inventions”, “predicting the future”, “necessary situation for invention”, “creating a network”, “debugging”, “naming VNET”, “the first email virus”, “advice to programmers”
  • “Evolution of a Virtual Machine Subsystem”, the 1979 IBM Systems Journal article by Hendricks and Hartmann chronicling the technical development of VNET into a world-wide network years before the Internet was launched
  • dozens of anecdotes about creating VNET and meetings with Vint Cerf and other scientists
  • trip reports, internal memos and documents detailing IBM’s bungled opportunity
  • 160k log of pre-Internet emails between scientists debating standards.

The expect availability date is November 30, 2011.

Thanks to Leanne Jones for writing the story and the musical score; to her son Ian Jones for recording and producing the songs, narration and audio interviews; Anna Mah and Athea Boyes for illustrations; Marsha Batchelor for co-directing and graphic designing; Edson Hendricks for his narration and being available for interviews and information requests; Jim Roepcke for developing the app; Dan Batchelor of for video interviews and photo portraits of Mr. Hendricks; and Jose Albis for social media promotions.

– thanks, cheers,

Bruce Batchelor, app producer, director and editor