Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute. —Abelson & Sussman, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
Finally got around to reading Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham. (Wondering if it’s unfashionable to not simply say ‘PG’ here.) Not entirely what I expected, but better than expected.
Unknown to me before his death earlier this month, this excerpt from William Thurston’s On proof and progress in mathematics explores how varying levels of formality affect how ideas are explained.
Woody Guthrie’s letter to John Cage. This by way of Stephen O’Malley, who’ll be rumbling my innards next Tuesday when SUNN O))) plays Brookline (?!?).
What matters my reason? Does it crave knowledge as the lion his food? —Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Stress: Portrait of Killer is worth a watch if you’re like me and feel lightning bolts of pent up energy and frustration after a day riding a desk.
“I don’t recall such silence as we experienced out there. I wish it hadn’t gone by so quickly.”