19 Jul 2000 chalky   » (Journeyer)

Decided my page looks a little bare without any diary entries or notes. Added some notes. Deleted. Wrote different notes.

Starting from scratch seems to be a common phenomenon in many walks of life; something not perfect? start again from scratch! Many "Open Source" projects start out that way, sometimes the biggest reason for their existance being that the author didn't understand an existing project at first glance.

Read an article on how the internet is shortening people's attention spans to 5 seconds or so recently. I have also read that TV does the same, so it must be a failing of our society. Some things like programs take a lot of effort to completely grasp, unless they are extremely well written and documented. How many well documented projects to you know of? Not many I bet, although the quality of documentation seems to be improving lately as people get their acts together. As for grasping (grokking?) a program - I often find myself forgetting parts of a program soon after I have worked on it, just because I have been busy with other parts. I like to understand the whole and fit it all into my head. I find coffee helps.

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