SICP will not be abandoned at Berkeley.
Although Python will be used to convey the material, I have been assured that much of the content from SICP will be preserved.
I recognize now that CS61A is a fusion of sorts: an exciting modern treatment of traditionally intellectual material….
I really enjoyed patio11’s AnyAsq, especially this part:
My most important bit of advice: LAUNCH. Asking me questions is not launching. Reading about the topic is not launching. Launching is launching. All good things come from launching. My business went from conception to launch in 8 days….
Last week we enabled Ashton Kutcher (7,309,684 Twitter followers) and Kevin Rose (1,261,376 Twitter followers) to each blast out to their followers a special invite link to Fab.com: http://fab.com/aplusk and http://fab.com/kr.
Each link provided for $10 instant…
Something bothered me about Simon Dumenco’s piece about Huffington Post yesterday. Not the substance of his column, which was valid and well-argued, nor the favorable comparison to Techmeme, which was, well, favorable to Techmeme.
What irked me was the reminder that “aggregator” is a rather…
You have an inherent need to solve problems, visually and conceptually. There is enormous value in this, but you may be misplacing your talents.
The internet, at this time in history, is the greatest client assignment of all time. The Western world is porting itself over to the web in mind and…
“Business people need to bring proof of life to the table before wasting anyone’s time; technology folks should walk in business people’s shoes, they may have similar issues finding a co-founder.”
When a hacker joins an unproven, non-technical entrepreneur, he’s risking his most important asset: his time. Yes, you’re also risking your time, but you have different risk profiles. While he already knows he can code, neither of you knows whether you’ll be able to deliver as the business co-founder. You need to prove that you’ve got your proverbial skin in the game too.”
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.
A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have.
We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile.
You’ve just gotta fight your way through.