Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Thu Jul 3 10:15:00 2003
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 been considering to be fairly tricky, with my boss. It turned out that his idea for it was considerably simpler, and although it required a bit more effort to use, is so much simpler that it's almost certainly the better design. That design just didn't occur to me. Heck, I would've finished this thing days ago if I had known that the additional user work at runtime was ok. Anyhow, what I learned in sum was that I have a strong dislike for runtime hassle, and tend to consider designs that are probably too complex to avoid them. My style on this is good for some things, but I need to learn when it's better to be a bit dirtier and just get the work done quickly. I'm a software idealist, not a pragmatist :)

So, I have a 12-hour car trip ahead of me. Bad luck strikes -- yesterday the person I'm going with fell ill, and she's not sure if she's going. I really hope so -- I could use the company, someone to swap driving with, and I know she's been looking forward to the trip. It certainly will be unwise to do it alone, 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 first proper vacation I've ever had while having a job. Well, a lot of you probably would 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 started out as a multiparty discussion on religion, and ended up as a 2-person discussion between me and another guy on philosophy, society, and political movements. I would like to see a large, thin culture, with room for a lot of individual and subgroup subculture -- whoever could fit inside the larger culture without needing their own laws to prop their culture up and could live inside the laws that embody said society. He would like to see lots of smaller cultures, but with capitalism smashed and the clock turned back to (I might be misunderstanding the specifics of his point of view here) a relatively agrarian age. It's funny -- there were some hints from the sidelines that 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, the second to usually not be well-enough thought out, the third to often lead to inconsistant actions, and the fifth to be too dismissive of the ability of people to affect society. Anyhow, the discussions were very interesting. Afterwards, we went to Tom's house, hung out for a bit, and watched Wallace and Gromit episodes. I was feeling kinda tired, so I left a bit earlier than the others.

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


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

Back to work...