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This made me smile
July 7, 2010

"Every old idea will be proposed again with a different name and a different presentation, regardless of whether it works."

The desire to create a new programming language
June 13, 2010

I find it curious that my desire to create my own programming language isn't what it was a few years ago. Don't get me wrong, I still very much want to do this, but I'm not chafing at the bit like I had been.

Why is that? Actually, I think it was as simple as going from using C/C++/Bash/Perl to using C#. Using a much more modern, full featured language quelled a lot of my frustrations.

What I find especially interesting about this is that this comes full circle to the observation that necessity is the mother of invention.

On a related note, I think it is critical for developers/creators to use their own work. It's easy to be ignorant about the shortcomings of something if you're not forced to use it on a daily basis. But if you're stuck living in an environment, you'll be quickly motivated to fix things if they're broken.

Good Job Ray
February 10, 2010

Ray Kurzweil has some pretty elaborate and seemingly unlikely theories about the future, but reading the following was a wonderful thing:

"I get very excited about discussions about the true nature of consciousness, because I‘ve been thinking about this issue for literally 50 years, going back to junior high school. And it‘s a very difficult subject. When some article purports to present the neurological basis of consciousness... I read it. And the articles usually start out, “Well, we think that consciousness is caused by...” You know, fill in the blank. And then it goes on with a big extensive examination of that phenomenon. And at the end of the article, I inevitably find myself thinking... where is the link to consciousness? Where is any justification for believing that this phenomenon should cause consciousness? Why would it cause consciousness?"

It's very rare that I read someone's thoughts about consciousness and think "Wow, this person really gets it, they're thinking about it in a very similar way to how I think about it".

But I have to say, this was very encouraging.

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