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I don't have the time ... - 2015/04/03
Hackers have a deep loathing of repeated, wasted effort. "Three strikes and you automate" is a horribly mixed metaphor, but it captures the idea that you shouldn't waste your time repeating the same actions over and over. You should use your time constructively, inventively, creatively, and not repeat work needlessly.
But at the same time there is also a culture of disregarding authority and judging everything solely on merit. The problem is, doing so requires that one has the ability, knowledge, time and capacity to do a better job than the author. But why discard information only to re-cover the same ground? Why continually re-invent the wheel?
So I have now decided to trust the judgement of selected others, those who have proven themselves trustworthy in their area of expertise. I will no longer reject out of hand the pronouncements made by others, saying that I will not accept "Argument from Authority". I will accept that I don't know everything, and that there are things that cannot be deduced quickly and accurately from a combination of first principles and the limited things I already know.
I will gracefully accept the hard-gained wisdom of others (tempered with a critical eye) and not refuse it simply because I cannot immediately see why it must be so.
I will accept these things because, at their heart, they are gifts of time. There are risks involved in this course of action, but I will accept those risks and deem them worth taking. I am no longer a teenager, so I no longer know everything. My life is probably half over.
I have a lot I still want to do, and I don't really have a lot of time left.
See also: Random Writings
I've decided no longer to include comments directly via the Disqus (or any other) system. Instead, I'd be more than delighted to get emails from people who wish to make comments or engage in discussion. Comments will then be integrated into the page as and when they are appropriate.
If the number of emails/comments gets too large to handle then I might return to a semi-automated system. That's looking increasingly unlikely.
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