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Been Reading, Q1 2015

Self-criticism in Anderson (2005)

Goodness… You gotta make it out of badness...
cos there’s nothing else to make it out of.
– Robert Penn Warren

The craft of programming gratifies creative longings built deep within us and delights sensibilities we have in common with all men, providing five kinds of joys:

• The joy of making things;
• The joy of making things that are useful to other people;
• The fascination of fashioning puzzle-like objects of interlocking moving parts;
• The joy of always learning, of a nonrepeating task;
• The delight of working in a medium so tractable — pure thought-stuff — which nevertheless exists, moves, and works in a way that word-objects do not.
– Fred Brooks

When I give something 5?/5 I'm predicting that I’ll reread the thing, not more. It's a hedged bet: I don't think the very greatest echelons of value can be known immediately. It takes time, and continuity, and the accumulation of meaning. Only if one’s appreciation survives …