I've gotten some interesting comments and emails with regard to yesterday's semi-rant, Bitterness in the halls of Xanadu, that further expose some itches I felt after writing it. Two main things:
- Ideas are not completely worthless, and I have a certain adoration for sprawling cathedrals of vapor.
- Sometimes the best implementations from the best ideas go unremarked or unnoticed due to obscurity or a lack of understanding.
And then there is the addictive quick fix a hacker like me can get in the blogosphere, with just a brief and clever twist of code one can improve the neighborhood and take in some brief praise. Spend a bit more time working, maybe a few weeks or months, and introduce a slightly more useful or complex contribution - you might receive kudos for some time running. But, work for too long, plan too far, build too high, and the blogosphere likely passes you by - unless you really have a deep grasp on what's going on, and your projects meet the blogophere where it later arrives. So I see the techie bazaar of the blogosphere as a kind of fun cauldron of hackers, throwing in ingredients and taking others out, kind of a hivemind without design evolving toward higher connectivity.
So where's there a place for longer-term design?
Okay... more to think about and write, but for now, I'm leaving for surgery. Plenty of time for babble while recovering. Wish me luck!