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The laws of thermodynamics were stuffed up when they created the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears.
Big Daddy bear's porridge was too hot.
Mummy bear's porridge was to cold.
OK I can accept that.
However the little bowl with Baby bear's porridge was just right.
I refused to tell my children that version of the story.
Refused to because of the laws of thermodynamics.
So my sentiments are with you completely.
However synergy is different.
It isn't about energy but about interactions and outcomes.
Sometimes quite complex interactions.
This is how i became interested in regression analysis.
Trying to think of an example....
Like how were one drug has this quantifiable effect and another has this quantifiable effect and the placebo has this quantifiable effect.
However if the two drugs are combined in a 4th group, and the effect is far greater than either of them alone, then that is synergy.
It is like an anti gestalt in a way, where normally the parts are greater than the whole, but in this case the whole is greater than the parts.
It is around us everywhere.
The laws of thermodynamics still stand.
Synergy is real and doesn't threaten any laws of physics at all.
However it is used as a buzzword and that is annoying as well.
"Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read." Frank Zappa 1980
All coding styles suck. But it's important that everyone in a project is using the same general style to keep the code readable. When available I prefer platform standards/IDE autoformat defaults. (And yes that means I use different brace placement styles in C# and Java.)
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
The code can be read by another programmer without needing a decoder-ring - consistent with it's own standards and the intent of being informative to not only ones self, but with others who cares to look at the code.
Consider that, even for a given language, a different type of project can be best served by code that is emphasizes its constructs as plainly (and maintainable) as possible.
all true, and yet the unsensible is perhaps underrated.
some of the most inspirational bouts of coding I've had have left me with something I couldn't understand later.
not that I appreciate that entirely. it is what it is.
but yeah, I at least try to make the function names clean if it comes down to that.
plus, have you ever noticed how sometimes, code as it matures can get a bunch of weird forks in its codepath to handle one-offs and bugs, sometimes in other systems its interacting with, and so the simplest, cleanest solution doesn't work in the real world.
The truth is, I distrust all of this. It makes me uneasy. But it's a reality.
The best one can hope for in those situations is to keep the interfaces as clean as possible, comment what you can, especially the corner cases, and wave a dead chicken over the whole thing.
And that's perhaps where software breaks from engineering into art.
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.
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