Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· runexec

Mastering *skill*

This an ongoing collection of axioms, epigrams, parables, proverbs, and quotes that have had and continue to help me grow on and off the computer.

(1 Some heavily summarized words about Good and Bad programming from The Kybalion.

The law of Polarity is ruled by the law of Paradox. The ultimate paradox is the concept of level, and absolute value. For the best to be best, the worst must be worst. Although not knowingly, opposites are two extremes of the same thing and the inbetween is the degree. Change is only a switch in degree. Good and bad are two extremes, with nice and not nice being degrees of the spectrum.

(2 Thanks to Peter Norvig for this one.

source - http://norvig.com/21-days.html

So it may be that 10,000 hours, not 10 years, is the magic number. (Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) said "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst," but he shot more than one an hour.) Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) thought it took even longer: "Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price." And Chaucer (1340-1400) complained "the lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne." Hippocrates (c. 400BC) is known for the excerpt "ars longa, vita brevis", which is part of the longer quotation "Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile", which in English renders as "Life is short, [the] craft long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult." Although in Latin, ars can mean either art or craft, in the original Greek the word "techne" can only mean "skill", not "art".