Programming makes me think that people value the things they do because they were hard, not because they were useful. Once I master the hard thing, I'm proud of myself and find it easy to forget that perhaps that damn thing should not have been so hard in the first place. Probably true for a lot of human activities.
Stuff should simply be easier, that is all.

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Yesterday on my way home I have heard the best podcast episode in a long time: the episode of The History of Philosophy where the podcaster interviews his twin brother on Material Intelligence. If you care about human bodies interacting with physical objects to make things, and you like Philosophy, perhaps that's a good episode to listen to, even if you don't like the History of Philosophy.

But _something_ needs to be hard, otherwise life would be boring.

@kensanata 100% agree!

The issue is complexity is in many ways easier than simplicity, you just add more on!

@kensanata reality hates you, abstractions are soft covers for the grumpy daemon underneath. simple is not easy.

@xj9 Of course not. But adding stuff to existing stuff is much easier than making the hard stuff easy to do.

@kensanata The whole "I use computers so I'm smart" assumption needs to go. No, you don't need need to be smart to use technology, you just get used to it, and that's not necessarily a good thing.

On the other hand, the fact that you made something on a computer doesn't make it any worse. Digital painting is as hard as analog. Music, 3D modelling, animation, games, websites, automation, whatever β€” they are as valid as in the physical world.

To be fair, computers have taken over the job of "tweening" from interns in animation...

Then again we've filled that time up perfecting other details.

@kensanata I would argue that we all live in interesting times. I would say one of the most interesting times in the futures history books.

That aside, the project that I am most obsessed with right now is about making it as easy as possible to do complex musical things. It will be a complex project, but I hope that it will make the lives of everyone who uses it easier, and the lives of those affected indirectly by it happier.

@Lofenyy The music thing sounds very interesting. And my reply to Wolf was, of course, a Chinese curse. πŸ˜ƒ

@kensanata Sounds interesting! Do you have a link or a more specific title of the episode?

@dredmorbius I was convinced for the longest time that he was prancing is listeners but no – such a wonderful podcast. πŸ˜€πŸ‘Œ

@kensanata Cost vs. value paradox.

A symptom of manifest vs. latent perception.

@kensanata that is why i love wirthian languages. #oberon is a language which has all the necessary, essential features, extremely flexible and powerful, but very simple.

look at it one day, and if you do, and if you need a compiler for linux, well, may be this would be useful (:

@inky I’m based in Zurich and old enough to remember when people here wrote code in Oberon at the ETH – I never got far, however. The only program more than a few lines of code in a language by Wirth was Borland’s Turbo Pascal, if I remember correctly.

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