Kenny <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
| cartercc <email@example.com> wrote:
| >I admitted to ignorance, not stupidity. I have two Masters degrees
| >in CS and SE, a doctorate (not in CS or SE), and six technical
| And you are a grad student now in something else so let us put you down
| as smart and rudderless. And apparently Lisp does not like to be cruised
| by rudderless vessels, it keeps pitching you up on the shore. Speaking
| of shores, you should see my "Just Write Applications!" rant. If you
| just keep sticking your toe in the water of course you'll never make any
| headway. I need help making this metaphor even worse. Throw me a life
| preserver, someone...
How about a change of analogy [courtesy of my buddhist guru]?
If you dig 100 one-foot-deep holes all over the land, you'll
never strike water, but if you dig a single 100'-deep hole,
you might. [But no guarantees. You still need to dig in the
In either analogy the mantra remains: "Just Write Applications!"
Pick a serious coding task, hopefully something that you *want*
to do and that somebody [yourself and/or others] *want* to use,
and "just do it"!! In Common Lisp, of course. You'll learn more
than you ever thought you could.
Third analogy: Reading all of the roadmaps and travel guides in
the world will never get you from your couch to the ski slope.
You actually have to *go* there!
Rob Warnock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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