Tuesday, July 21, 2009


With time I've been building less interest in going out.

I see all sort of programmers blogs out there where much talk is about outdoors. To me it's a bit of a cliche'.. where the nerds are pretending to be outgoing people.. able to enjoy sunlight, grass, mountains.. and all that crap that we know it's pointless 8)

Growing up living in a city (Rome) was difficult to get much green. Many of my class mates had their grandparents house out there in the countryside. Sometimes I would go, and it was fun indeed.
Childen also believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and religions 8)

Sometimes I feel like I'm trying to be too much of a machine in a human body. Going out is also important to get the brain going.. no matter what, we are analogic. One example is what one has to do to remember random numbers and letters: associate physical objects to numbers and letters and make up a story to put them in a sequence. Very inefficient.. but that's how we are !
External stimulus is also needed to bring creativity.. those random seed to get the brain branching all over for solutions.

Still, I can't stand those "I'm a computer geek but I looove nature". Can't you just be dark and gloomy ? Can't you instead be obsesses with some code, some problem, something ?
Didn't it all start with spending nights in front of a CRT monitor with a back deep enough to stick the head inside ? What's suddenly this "back to nature" bullshit ? What about junk food, lack of sleep ? Where is that driving force that keeps programmers/hackers bolted to a chair ?
Suddenly being a programmer is hip.. something compatible with a normal life.

I must admit that I often go out clubbing.. but that's a quick deal, closer to the vampire-programmer lifestyle.
I'm also very sensitive to female beauty.. but I learned to leverage things in that area: being a good date requires too much time wasted training as a social animal.. however women are ultimately intrested in success or at least in busy-looking, potentially succesful men. So, I sell myself as the hard working computer person that needs to stay home to work/study (important to sell it as "study", no need to explain hacking, etc.), and I avoid as much as possible having to go out for dinners, shopping, weekend-burning trips to some stupid place with some monument that I honestly don't give a crap about (fack those artifacts form the past, really, enough of them !!).

In the end, people are all similar to some degree and I can't really make an argument for being an indoor person or an outdoor one, but more about how much more likely one wishes to be indoor or outdoor.. like quantum mechanics, where things aren't black or white 8)

In that case my tendency is indoor.. if anything because I feel that the world outside, the physical things, are distractions that keep people busy with their senses and away from deeper thinking, introspection, productivity from an analytical point of view.



  1. http://www.nick.com/turbonick/index.jhtml?extvideoid=97139

  2. Gives a blank page ? (^^;)

  3. For once something that works for you but not for me 8)
    The source is visible.. with some JavaScript inside.. but the page appears blank in Chrome, Firefox 3.51 or IE 8.
    I see some interesting comment in the source that says "<!-- International - not allowed -->"


  4. Must be because of that, mr International!

    Anyway its an episode from Spongebob Squarepants called 'I had an accident'. If you really want to go to the effort of watching it, then there are some torrents of it available here:


  5. I'll check it out.. you have all sort of online tv shows over there.. but "rights" don't apply outside 8( ..another anti-Internet trend !!


  6. There's no need to go outside anymore... :)


  7. Oh, I can't resist! 8P
    I'm also very sensitive to female beauty..

    This sounds very unprogrammer-like! How can you find time to be sensitive with all the programming problems and potential solutions out there?! To live is to code ... code is to live! 8P Just kidding about all this of course ...

    Maybe I fall into the "odd" programmer category in that I do prefer nature and the outdoors (and would prefer to live in the country-side). It's far easier for me to concentrate and "get lost" in my work in this way. I suppose it's something that's all in the mind.

  8. Paul,
    You insensitive American citizens !

    Tech demos are only barely more interactive than movies 8)

    Surely beats being sensitive to male beauty 8)
    You are not odd.. it's the norm now to be healthy and enjoy nature..

  9. I dont enjoy nature, but I enjoy some outdoor exercise. 'Outdoor' being the city I live in.

  10. "trips to some stupid place with some monument that I honestly don't give a crap about" ahahahah! amazing.

    you know, if you stay indoor playing the piano for hours, you're a genius. if you're playing a computer keyboard, you're a nerd. however, there are coders who say the *prefer* outdoors to developing: most of them are lamers, and I give thanks and praises to the Lord they don't spend all of their time producing bad code. there are coders who say they *like* outdoors and this is normal indeed. I remember the first time I cracked an Amiga intro and put my nick on top of it: I can't think about a similar good vibration, and it was 20 years ago. then I went out to play soccer.

  11. Paul,
    Exercise is important.. I should start using again the gym I pay for ! Just running is good.. and supposedly increases blow flow to the brain, etc etc 8)

    I agree about making a difference between those that can enjoy outdoor and those that would rather be outdoor.
    There is no well defined threshold.. depends on a person's mood, etc.. but as a tendency, I think it's important to recognize the value of the time spent indoor in front of a computer monitor.. because it's not just being in front of a monitor, it's being in front of the ultimate tool for creativity !
    I know the feeling about going out after a long sought achievement.. that's a need for some balance out there 8)

  12. Kaz! Where's our grafix articl3z?!?! It seems that you've been spending too much time outdoors!!! 8P

  13. I was up until 5 am for this update -> http://code.google.com/p/ribtools/source/detail?spec=svn190&r=190 ..compiler starting to produce usable code ! ..will write on it more later 8)