May 16th, 2003


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There's this movie named Sneakers. If you haven't seen it, you should. There's a scene in it with a blind character - he's probing the logic of a chip they got.

One pin after another gives maybe a paragraph of info on the screen. (The blind character is using a braille terminal, but the screen is still hooked up.) Tap - paragraph. Tap - paragraph. Tap - paragraph.

Then they hit a pin that fills the screen and keeps on going - pages of description, scrolling downwards.

It's moments like that that I live for with programming . . . moments when it all *works* and when you used to have maybe one line of output before it crashes, suddenly you have pages upon pages, and you know that with the level of debug output you have up, it'll be sitting there for hours spewing the right answers at you . . . and once you turn the debug off, it'll have finished the whole process in seconds.

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