I am, as ever, unsure what to do about the blogroll.
Should the tech blogs I follow be on there? Maybe they aren’t interesting to my readers, but they are interesting to me. Regardless, those are the blogs I follow. Take it or leave it.
Anyway as I’ve mentioned here once already I consider Ian Bicking a man to watch. He’s got a bachelor’s degree from the University of No-Place, but he’s easily one of the smartest people I’ve ever encountered and I’ve learned a great deal from him. His cleverness is more mathematical than technical in flavor. I don’t even know if he’s had any calculus, but has an amazing knack for finding the right abstraction that pays off in his work as well as in his writings.
(It really peeves me how little appreciation the academic sector has of how smart and insightful software professionals are, and how much the scientific community has to learn from them. That’s another story though. Ian himself gets plenty of attention from the people who matter to him, and this is my gripe, not his.)
Usually Ian writes about software, but here’s an entry from him about recycling as theater that In It readers might find interesting. Best line:
People actually get angry when recycling programs restrict the plastics they will take. It doesn’t occur to them that some plastics are simply garbage. They are worthless, and moving them around in special recycling containers just wastes everyone’s time. They are angry because they want to pretend they aren’t being wasteful. They aren’t getting enough environmental theater.