Other day I came across this very … inspirational story if nothing. If you asked me, I’d say there’s really no such thing as talent, if you say there is, then it’s highly discussable.
I believe in work, not talent, you can have affinities for certain things, but please don’t categorize them in same category as “talent”.
Once I got a question from a student “How come you know so much?”
I laughed and told him “Well, I don’t sleep much”
Without further ado I present you:
Malcolm Gladwell with “Gift or hard work”?
The University of Michigan opened its new computer centre in 1971, in a low-slung building on Beal Avenue in Ann Arbor. The university’s enormous mainframe computers stood in the middle of a vast, white-tiled room, looking, as one faculty member remembers, “like one of the last scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey”. Off to the side were dozens of key-punch machines – what passed in those days for computer terminals. Over the years, thousands of students would pass through that white-tiled room – the most famous of whom was a gawky teenager named Bill Joy.
Some of you might have noticed some changes on the site itself, maybe that it carries label “FoolControl v1.5.beta” or something like that.
I’m planning on making some pretty big changes around here, devel list is long so … hang in there. Same goes with WordPress that was behind all of this. Even before, WordPress I was using was highly modified, and then I got an idea to actually fork it. Since it was that or leaving WordPress for good and doing my own thing from the scratch.
Also when it comes to system itself, I want to make “labs” where I want to put few of my ideas, instead of explaining them right now, it’s all going to come along with the “territory” that is future posts and etc …
Also from now on you’ll be able to read content from couple of other authors besides me. Who what? I guess you’ll find out soon enough, one of them is even Ph.D if that makes you feel different about this very idea ;)
I call this fork of mine “IcePress”, which I had to describe in one sentence … well
Yesterday I bumped into something really interesting on Slashdot. So in case you missed this one …
Do women write better code?
“The senior vice-president of engineering for computer-database company Ingres-and one of Silicon Valley’s highest-ranking female programmers-insists that men and women write code differently.
Women are more touchy-feely and considerate of those who will use the code later, she says. They’ll intersperse their code… with helpful comments and directions, explaining why they wrote the lines the way they did and exactly how they did it. The code becomes a type of “roadmap” for others who might want to alter it or add to it later, says McGrattan, a native of Ireland who has been with Ingres since 1992.
Men, on the other hand, have no such pretenses. Often, “they try to show how clever they are by writing very cryptic code,” she tells the Business Technology Blog. “They try to obfuscate things in the code,” and don’t leave clear directions for people using it later.”
We are different kind from each other, but it was interesting to read this. What I can definitely say is … true, I’m a man :)
Only part about being a man and writing code, is that after “They try to obfuscate things in the code” most of your clients/later users don’t even to figure/find out everything you did, but what matters is that it was good, to you :)
Regarding this whole thing, more then a good idea for Google/Youtube.
Presented videos are mixture from “classic” Youtube stuff that is whole “commentary” section is like that. After my behemoth remedy, Youtube is the best hangover cure as well. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s loaded with crap. And no I’m not bashing Youtube, I like Youtube :)
Anyways, let’s disregard my “sarcastically-demented-unhappy” point of view, and see what’s up with these 2007 Video Awards.
This is second video that … just had huge “impact” on me. Gotta see it.
Besides my everyday problems (either becoming debian or fedora developer :) ) Another big thing is troubling me. I feel like it’s really important to discuss and end this discussion once for all. And I have no intention of hurting anyone or anything.
And I’d really like you to comment on this post, I really want to hear your opinion related to this topic.
Ok here’s the story, as many of you may know I used to have dreadlocks, I “lost” them due to … well reasons. So now 3 or what years later … I’m tired of shaving my head, hair or no hair, 1 or 0. So I’m thinking of just letting my hair naturally get tangled and eventually ending up in dreadlocks.
But now, I’m actually getting the second thoughts. First time I was basically a teenager, had 18-19 years when I had them done (I did/made them myself). Back then I just liked the damn thing and I didn’t think about anything else. Now I’m actually thinking about it, its consequences and reactions/actions it could/will provoke.
First “clash” I would get is the one from people. Weird looks and etc, it’s basically environment with a lot of just narrow minded, or completely close minded. But I didn’t give a fuck about it then, nor do I now. Now I could go on and on with this talk, how it’s all bad here.