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Wait... what? Dude, the invention of the arch was a big deal, and it came later. Forgive the Egyptians for their inability to do calculus; they were still thinking of shapes in terms of knotted rope.

The great irony of this conversation and its genesis is that it comes from the author of a server-side programming platform who's good points include, "No new techniques required, you already know javascript" and that touts a decades-old cooperative-multitasking approach as "simple" when the end result for the programmer is anything but.

I'm not blaming the Egyptians; I just don't want to be them.

I think we should looking for the arch, and not be happy with piling rocks in a heap.

"piling rocks in a heap"

The Egyptian pyramids are quite incredible bits of engineering - hardly "rocks in a heap".

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