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UI suggestion: 'street addresses' currently has a box around it, so I thought it was an <input type="text"> field, thought "how cute", tried to click on it to enter an address to geocode, and was disappointed to find out it was just some bolded text. Might be a fun little feature to have that actually be an entry point into trying out a demo of the API (I thought I was supposed to enter an address to have geocoded).
I really wish he did. I think one of the greatest disservices he does himself is not shipping working code for the examples in his presentation. We've seen what and we're intrigued, but ship something that shows how so we can take the idea and run with it.
A delay in releasing code would be valuable then. Those too impatient to wait can start hacking on something new now and give lots of thought to this frontier and those that want to explore casually can do so a few months later when the source is released. Releasing nothing is a non-solution. Why make everyone else stumble where you have? That's just inconsiderate.
Dicebat Bernardus Carnotensis nos esse quasi nanos, gigantium humeris insidentes, ut possimus plura eis et remotiora videre, non utique proprii visus acumine, aut eminentia corporis, sed quia in altum subvenimur et extollimur magnitudine gigantea.
bingo, this remembers me of people not having time to get bored and then innovate by giving your mind some free space to go around.
The typical scenario of the problem solution once you give it a break....
Fooling around with a paint brush in your study is fine, but real artist ship.
A bunch of ideas that sound great in theory are just that, it is only by surviving the crucible of the real world that ideas are validated and truly tested. When Guy Steele and James Gosling were the only software developers in the world who could program in Java, every Java program was a masterpiece. It is only once the tool was placed in the hands of mere mortals that its flaws were truly known.
Walk around a good gallery. There are a pretty good number of pieces entitled "Study #3", or something of that sort. An artist is playing around with a tool, or a technique, trying to figure out something new.
Piano music is probably where this concept gets the most attention. Many études, such as those by Chopin, are among the most significant musical works of the era.
In another talk Bret claims that you basically cannot do visual art/design without immediate feedback. I was wondering how he thought people that create metal sculptures via welding, or carve marble, possibly work. It's just trivially wrong to assert you need that immediate feeback, and calls all of the reasoning into question.
Good point. I think programmers would be better off dropping the artistic pretensions altogether and accepting that they are much closer to engineers and architects in their construction of digital sandcastles.
You're forgetting about the hundred even thousands of painting they did that are not in the gallery. These paintings are the same as "shipping" even though you never see them in the gallery.
You can't play around with a tool or technique without actually producing something. You can talk about how a 47.3% incline on the brush gives the optimal result all day long, but it's the artist that actually paints that matters.
From their website: "Heroku (pronounced her-OH-koo) is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Our service lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling." 
With the arrival of technomancy at heroku, they also provide a full-stack Clojure platform for your Clojure web applications, with a free version for those interested in experimenting.
If you set up automatic 401k deposits and direct deposit a percentage of your paycheck to Vanguard, you won't stress out about it at all. You'll just see a different number on your take-home paycheck, get used it it quickly, and go on enjoying yourself without stressing out.
Or at least that's my theory - I'm setting up that direct deposit situation today, and I'm planning on setting the percentage a lot higher than I would have before reading this article.
If you save a high enough percentage of your take-home income, the article actually argues that you could be done in 7-10 years starting from scratch, which sounds a lot more doable to me than the 30 years you're expecting.
The problem with the extremes of this logic is that if you scrimp and save and live poor to get to that 75% savings rate... you still have to live poor for the rest of your life on that 25% of your take home.
Given the hedonic treadmill, you are more likely to feel happiness from any increase in your standard of living, but you reset to your prior level of happiness. So make your bumps in standard of living as small as possible.