Sunday, May 23, 2010

Friendly advice from Eric S Raymond

My favorite quote from "The cathedral and the bazaar," p. 207:

If you're attracted to hacking because you don't have a life, that's okay too---at least you won't have trouble concentrating. Maybe you'll get a life later on.

I love the book, but I think the first two essays would have been enough to read, that's "The cathedral and the bazaar" and "homesteading the noosphere." The others are far from neutral and not full of insight like the first two. The first two are an insightful analysis of the psychology and culture of hackerdom.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The burden of the reviewer

The paper I'm reviewing treats an interesting topic without much love. I'm getting sick of reading other people's papers. If this goes on, I'll just write my own papers.

By the way, I'm still taking really long for reviewing. An hour of work and I'm on page … 2.