Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
dachte

Weave a circle round him thrice, and close your eyes with holy dread

I just realized something about my coding style, at work (imagine that!)I went to clarify an aspect of a project at work, that I've beenconsidering to be fairly tricky, with my boss. It turned out that hisidea for it was considerably simpler, and although it required a bit moreeffort to use, is so much simpler that it's almost certainly the betterdesign. That design just didn't occur to me. Heck, I would've finishedthis thing days ago if I had known that the additional user work at runtimewas ok. Anyhow, what I learned in sum was that I have a strong dislikefor runtime hassle, and tend to consider designs that are probably toocomplex to avoid them. My style on this is good for some things, but I needto learn when it's better to be a bit dirtier and just get the work donequickly. I'm a software idealist, not a pragmatist :)

So, I have a 12-hour car trip ahead of me. Bad luck strikes -- yesterday theperson I'm going with fell ill, and she's not sure if she's going. I reallyhope so -- I could use the company, someone to swap driving with, and I knowshe's been looking forward to the trip. It certainly will be unwise to do italone, although chances are that I will if I need to (there is some doubt).In any case, I have a week's vacation ahead of me, and it's actually the firstproper vacation I've ever had while having a job. Well, a lot of you probablywould consider the technical conference I'll be at next week to be more of a'school' or 'work'-flavored thing, so it's not a 'typical' vacation. *shrug*

At Zets yesterday, I had another interesting political discussion. It startedout as a multiparty discussion on religion, and ended up as a 2-persondiscussion between me and another guy on philosophy, society, and politicalmovements. I would like to see a large, thin culture, with room for a lot ofindividual and subgroup subculture -- whoever could fit inside the largerculture without needing their own laws to prop their culture up and couldlive inside the laws that embody said society. He would like to see lots ofsmaller cultures, but with capitalism smashed and the clock turned back to(I might be misunderstanding the specifics of his point of view here) arelatively agrarian age. It's funny -- there were some hints from the sidelinesthat either of our plans are sinister in some way. I think that's off-base --when it comes to what people would like for society, you can:

  1. Simply not think about it at all
  2. Be very status-quo
  3. Never think about the big picture, but 'steer on a small scale'
  4. Have opinions, and thus disagree with people
  5. Say that it's useless to have opinions without power

I prefer the fourth option. I consider the first to be a cop-out, thesecond to usually not be well-enough thought out, the third to often leadto inconsistant actions, and the fifth to be too dismissive of the ability ofpeople to affect society. Anyhow, the discussions were very interesting. Afterwards, we went to Tom's house, hung out for a bit, and watched Wallaceand Gromit episodes. I was feeling kinda tired, so I left a bit earlier thanthe others.

I'll be chewing on the design for netdiary 3.x this weekend and over the nextweek. Oh, just in case I haven't been sufficiently clear,

I WILL BE IN ALABAMA FROM THURSDAY EVENING-SUNDAY, AND IN OREGON FROM SUNDAYTO THE SUNDAY AFTERWARDS.

Additionally, provided that pushgroup.org's move to my virtual server goessmoothly, I'll be moving dachte.org there too over the next week or so.

Back to work...

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