[MUD-Dev] Re: FW: (Fwd) Bouncing mail

J C Lawrence claw at under.engr.sgi.com
Mon May 11 18:04:40 New Zealand Standard Time 1998


On Wed, 06 May 1998 13:50:00 -0400 (EDT) 
s001gmu <s001gmu at nova.wright.edu> wrote:

> On Mon, 4 May 1998, J C Lawrence wrote:

> [...]

>> On Mon, 20 Apr 1998, Koster, Raph wrote: > [J C Lawrence:]
>> 
>> <<...personal details deleted here...>>
>> 
>> > I have begun to fear however that the list is also functioning to
>> > dissuade as much advancement in the field as it is fostering it,
>> by > burying its members in endless mental masturbation without
>> ever having > them actually go out and produce that next great
>> server/game/idea etc.

> 'endless mental masturbation'?  heh... interesting way of putting
> it.

A friend, currently a missionary in China (last I heard I he was
ducking bullets just off Tianimen Square), came up with the term to
tag most of what goes on in Usenet.

> I will note that since I have joined, I have completley scrapped my
> original project, and started over from scratch, and have, in fact,
> made some progress.  

Per repute, this is a list tradition now:

  Have great project and am busy working on it.

  Join list.

  Doh!

  Scrap project and restart.

  Read list.

  Doh!

  Scrap project and restart.

  Read list.  

  Doh!

  Forget project and wait for next "Doh!".

  Repeat.

  Start new ambitious project.

I've more or less scrapped Murkle three times since I really started
working on this list.

> I just need to get this pesky graduation thing out of the way
> first... and then jobs and then moving off campus... and
> then... (blarg)

I've found that small children are very effective at persuading me
that they are more interesting than C++ code I can barely remember
writing.

<sigh>

Mechanical proofs to the side, methinks I'm going to have to give up
the nicer features of time travel.  Its a gorgeous concept, but
without massive RAM, or incredible bandwidth to the backing store, its 
just not going to happen at the leve I need/want.  I'm looking
currently at limiting it to concious object's IO for the longer term,
and killing everything else within hours (ie cache rollouts).

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