Constructions in Magical Thinking Show more

@mchapiro Pitch an actual draft if you like... can't judge casual mastodon spitballing

@tmv Yep, for at least a decade. Refactoring is now part of infrastructure layer of stack. Magical thinking is our new cognitive adventure.

3 kinds of insights:

1. Sublinear: a reframing of an obviously important thing. Can only have diminishing returns.

1. Superlinear: seemingly trivial observation that leads to compounding big consequences if you think it through (like a mystery clue that only Holmes notices), resolving a lot of ambiguity

3. Glitchy: suspicious incoherence that makes you do a double take and then leads to an aha that changes what you think you're looking at, like an optical illusion changing interpretations

Venkat boosted

@vgr What I noticed is that “fools” attract a lot of help; society is surprisingly full of people who are willing to help if you can press the right emotive buttons, so to speak And one very powerful button is the “I need help and I don’t know it” button, i.e. the “I am a fool” button.

@tmv Not really. It's more a case of simply not caring what others think.

@dschorno start putting lots of samples of your work online

Surprise! Show more

In general people who succeed at anything do so along a vector where they don’t mind looking foolish. This is why so many people who seek to be successful start of on exactly the wrong foot: “If that fool can make it work it should be easy for me since I’m obviously smarter”. The irony is, they’re right about themselves and therefore wrong about their plan to succeed.

One thing that comes naturally to me but I’ve entirely failed to teach anyone else is willingness to look foolish

@ykgoon I'd go one degree out from companies to problems. So I think I advances in software engineering are probably being driven fastest today by problems in large-scale distributed real-time systems, so work for companies that work on that. Like Fortnite for example.

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