I will allow my self to stray a little bit away from my normal focus of posting about science-related pythonic stuff, to raise a question that has been on my mind lately: the future of Python. No, it's not about Py3K!
One of the strong selling points of Python, in my opinion, is its support for multiple platforms. If you write a pure Python program you can run it on just about any OS/hardware combination. Nowadays, however the concept of a "platform" is shifting away from its usual meaning of an OS+CPU combination. The web, i. e., the browser is becoming the "platform of choice" by projects that, maybe 5 years ago, would be done in Python as a desktop application.
What worries me, is that while Micro$oft(silverlight), Adobe(Air), and others are investing heavily in adding support for their development languages and tools to the "new platform", the Browser apparently does not figure in Python's plans for the future.
So, thats my lament... I hope that Python developers, after reading this post tell me I am wrong. That projects like MozPython should have never been abandoned, and that we can hope that exciting projects, like Crunchy, will one day, be runnable from within the browser.