October 22nd, 2003

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This week, Brezsny says:

Trial and error should be your main strategy these days. It's your best hope for generating reliable information. As you grope and stumble, keep in mind the following thoughts from philosopher Robert Anton Wilson. "These are the batting averages of the best hitters in baseball history: Ty Cobb: .366; Rogers Hornsby: .358; Joe Jackson: .356. Since an average of .333 means a player did not get a hit two out of every three times he batted, these champions made an out more often than they got a hit. Most professional players do much worse. Moral of the story: Unless you're a brain champion equal to these baseball champions, you're probably wrong close to two out of three times."

Perhaps the moral is that I should want to be a pitcher, not a batter :-)

But yeah, Rob's generally correct on the approach. It bugs me, but I haven't found anything better either. At least I'm making more entertaining mistakes lately, or at least, mistakes I understand less.
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Reminder! DHP October 31st

The Halloween party is coming up -- you have about nine more days. After that, there will be no DHP in November. December 6th is a DHP in honor of the Halifax Explosion. January 17th is the Northridge Earthquake, and February 21st is the assassination of Malcolm X.

We're busy dressing up stuffed monkeys, putting eyepatches onto skulls, purchasing stuffed parrots and otherwise taking care of business. We have the technology, the invite list, and (of course) the monkeys. The question is: will you be there, or will you be utterly pathetic?

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In his book, The Art of Unix Programming, ESR says:

The combination of threads, remote-procedure-call interfaces, and heavyweight object-oriented design is especially dangerous. Used sparingly and tastefully, any of these techniques can be valuable — but if you are ever invited onto a project that is supposed to feature all three, fleeing in terror might well be an appropriate reaction.

It's really scary how well this book matches my own prejudices, from a general distrust of C++ to a dislike of binary formats to a highly sceptical eye for OO design...

And the above quote matches my experience with the ACE and Axiom frameworks nicely.