I just posted a call for questions for a /. style interview with Dan
Sugalski the Parrot lead designer.  For those who've not yet heard of
Parrot, it's the VM being written for Perl6.  It is being designed with
Ruby, Python, and other languages is mind.  There's already a project to
right a ruby -> parrot compiler (see
<www.rubygarden.org/ruby?CardinalProject> for more details).

thanks,
-pate