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Hackers and Painters

http://www.paulgraham.com/hp.html

Just stumbled on this when a colleague pointed it out. I'm sure others here have linked to Mr. Graham's work in the past.

What do you think of these analogies and thoughts?

Dustin Alexander
Wednesday, December 24, 2003

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stomping 'lambda' on a human face, forever.

K
Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Well, considering that I am both a programmer and a watercolorist and I'm writing a novel as well, I'd say he's onto something.

Matt Latourette
Wednesday, December 24, 2003

How do you figure Matt?  I was thinking that we were more like plumbers.  Why, just today I (a programmer, note) was fixing a clog in my bathtub drain.  See my point?


Wednesday, December 24, 2003

I particularly liked the idea that each task should take around an hour. I have adopted that way of breaking up my tasks and it's great for morale.

Matthew Lock
Wednesday, December 24, 2003

> Well, considering that I am both a programmer and a watercolorist and I'm writing a novel as well, I'd say he's onto something.

You too? I used to do oil landscapes and will again when I get the time, but am also embarked on a novel. And, yes, I know what I'm doing.


Wednesday, December 24, 2003

I won't say I'm anywhere pro but I like pen and ink myself.  Easy to do anywhere especially when waiting for a plane.

Shameless link (www3.telus.net/robbert)

For me, I was deciding on Architecture or Computer Science when I entered University.  CS won out.  I still like to draw.  I know I'm not a great writer though but I have a couple or comic book projects (slow going) that I do that needs some story planning and writing.  You really don't want to see the scripts. (shudder.)  But I'd like to improve that.

Then again, I'm the only programmer in my company with any artistic talent so I get to do all the icons.  (Icon Man! Ping!)  So not every programmer is artistically inclined.  Everyone is different.

Robbert de Groot
Friday, December 26, 2003

"I'm sure others here have linked to Mr. Graham's work in the past. "
indeed: http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=42386

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, December 26, 2003

K, are you a Theodore Steurgon fan? I seem to recall that quote from one of his stories. Though it was probably from 1984 and he was quoting.

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, December 27, 2003

The "imagine a boot stomping on a face, for ever" line is from "1984".

Gareth McCaughan
Monday, December 29, 2003

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