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Re: ::scr Re: Cognitive Friction
jo walsh <jo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> I've certainly seen and heard people who couldn't sing intuitively.
>> Didn't stop the buggers trying mind. I've also heard (and sung)
>> intuitive harmonies for songs that were entirely new to the people
> i suppose i meant the humming, purring, pre-linguistic singing instinct -
> a tangled thread perhaps we dont want to start here - not necessarily
> aligned with formal or informal tunefulness :)
>> Why do I find myself thinking of Christopher Alexander, _A Pattern
>> Language_ and a _The Timeless Way of Building_?
> yes! in the idea that functions and aesthetics are inseparable, are
> actually not real and separate ideas - maybe that's too extreme. though
> the followers of the "Design Patterns" people have misused his gist much
> worse than i hope i ever could.
I'm not entirely sure that misused is the right word. However, as RP
Gabriel points out in _Patterns of Software_ (a fine book which I
recommend highly), when Alexander tried to apply his Pattern Language
in real life, it failed. It didn't fail badly, but the buildings that
resulted did not have The Quality Without a Name, so it shouldn't be
all that surprising if a system of building programs based on those
ideas should fail too. Alexander contributes a foreward to Gabriel's
book in which he questions the validity of drawing parallels between
buildings and programs in the first place. Definitely a fascinating
I note that Alexander's 'The Nature of Order' is due out in February
this year. Hmmm... time to preorder at amazon methinks.
>> "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a language in
>> possession of a rich syntax must be in need of a rewrite."
> you planning to throw one away? :)
Umm... it was just a comment on the Perl 6 process.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a language in
possession of a rich syntax must be in need of a rewrite."
-- Jane Austen?