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I’m not amused when people tell me that “programming is an art and I need the creative juice to flow” and then complain about deadlines. It’s not quite an art, it’s a craft.

Unfortunately, deadlines come with all professional jobs. Programming has to endure the disciplines of sound engineering principles, not the ambiguity of art. Programmers are paid to solve problems, not feel the problem.

There are problems which are complex and takes dedicated analysis and design time. There are challenges which require a few iterations of designs and proofs of concepts to get find the right approach. These challenges must be approached with an engineering mindset. By understanding the problem, proposing potential solutions and estimating the time it will take to build the solution. Not many projects out there offer you the luxury of building the next software equivalent of the Sagrada Familia cathedral.

You can have a pet project on the side that you are funding it by yourself. In that scenario, you can take as much time as you like to massage the code to your individual perfection.

“It’s ready when it’s ready” is a battle cry for amateurs.

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From star dust we come,
to star dust we return.

In living memory, we remain.
In written knowledge, we persist.

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A bench spotted at the new science museum in Dallas.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Everyone has a right to their own delusional beliefs but let’s not make it a religion for all.

What is democracy when the choices provided to you are, a rock and, a hard place.

A person who believes his faith is fragile and easily bruised does not have any faith to begin with.

As the size of the universe is infinite (as opposed to the observable universe), we can boldly claim to be at the center of it all.

It’s a cop-out answer from being stumped by not being able to get a straight answer to: where is the center of the universe.

An illusion. Free time comes at a cost of hard work. If it comes at a cost, it’s not free.