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I learned this lesson from Clifford Stoll.

He said that astronomers figure he must be an exceptional programmer, since he's clearly a mediocre astronomer. While programmers figure he must be an exceptional astronomer, since his programming is strictly middle-of-the-road!

Of course, these days, he's the best dang Klein bottle glass blower in the game. No substitute for finding your niche.




Cliff is an amazing person. Just a joy! Every time I see him on Numberphile, my life is made better.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Stoll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k3mVnRlQLU

P.S. Cliff, we know you're on HN. Please continue being yourself, it seems like a really great person to be!


Not to mention a pretty good writer. I recently finished "The Cuckoo's Egg" and found it both highly informative and entertaining.


> Of course, these days, he's the best dang Klein bottle glass blower in the game.

And of course, he hires out the manufacturing. That's why he has (an awesome, little) warehouse under his hour full of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k3mVnRlQLU




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