I've only contributed a few patches to Mercurial but meeting Matt and learning from him (mostly on the HG mailing lists) has taught me a lot. He's influenced how I think about and work with code at a really basic level. I wish him the best in whatever he decides to do.
> He's likely bilingual (or tri, or quad, or more) since he's from Iceland.
Not quite, unfortunately. I just moved here a couple of months ago (I'm from the US). I am taking Icelandic classes though, and I do speak a bit of American Sign Language from my undergrad time at RIT. So I'm working on it.
Also yeah, getting the hell off of reddit/facebook/hn is extremely important. Sometimes HN is good for finding interesting reading (I hit hckrnews.com once or twice a day to find good links) but always remember the golden rule of the internet: http://shouldireadthecomments.com
If "everything" is simply interpreted as many things, I believe one can be great at something and good at many things. If you interpret "everything" as a vast number of things, then being good at a vast number of things is a greatness in itself. Peace is good, but I'm not sure this is the right application.
"Making peace with <x>" on a personal level is just "coming to terms with <x>" or "accepting <x>."
In this case, OP is probably accepting that he will never be a "master" or "guru" at something, while at the same time reaching "good" status on many things. This acceptance probably helps with not feeling that you are failing all of the time (i.e. not good enough) because you haven't reached some sort of "master/guru" status.
Prefix Symbol Size Example
yocto y 1 bit Theoretical minimum
zepto z 1 byte (close enough to 10 bits) Really small APL program
atto a 10 chars nc -l 8080
femto f 1 line (roughly 100 chars) netcat piped into something else
pico p 10 lines tiny python service
nano n 100 lines small python service
micro μ 1000 lines typical "smallish" service
milli m 10,000 lines about as big as "microservices" would go these days, or a small monolithic app
centi c 100,000 lines decent-sized monolithic app
deci d 1 million lines large monolitihic app
none n/a 10 million lines roughly OS-level app
deca da 100 million lines god help you beyond here
hecto h 1 billion lines
kilo k 10 billion lines
mega M 100 billion lines
giga G 1 trillion lines
tera T 10 trillion lines
peta P 100 trillion lines
exa E 1 quadrillion lines
zetta Z 10 quadrillion lines
yotta Y 100 quadrillion lines