It all sounds Geek to me! [Gautam Arora]

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Hackers and Painters OR Dabblers and Blowhards ?

Like many tech geeks, I too have been reading the essays of Paul Graham, and enjoying them.. (Joel Rules!)

But here is a counter-attack of a painter, and a funny one for sure.

For anyone who has ever read Paul Graham's essays, this one is also a must...

Dabblers and Blowhards

Sneak peek into the article:

" Computer programmers
cause a machine to perform a sequence of transformations on electronically stored data.

Painters
apply colored goo to cloth using animal hairs tied to a stick.

The only objective constraint a painter has is making sure the paint physically stays on the canvas (something that has proven surprisingly challenging)

You can safely replace "painters" in this response with "poets", "composers", "pastry chefs" or "auto mechanics" with no loss of meaning or insight. There's nothing whatsoever distinctive about the analogy to painters, except that Paul Graham likes to paint ...

The reason Graham's essay isn't entitled "Hackers and Pastry Chefs" ...

Great paintings, for example, get you laid in a way that great computer programs never do ...

But you, sir, are no painter. And while you hack away at your terminal, or ride your homemade Segway, we painters and musicians are going to be right over here with all the wine, hash, and hot chicks ... "

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