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How to stop Tolkien - Input Junkie
November 11th, 2014
12:41 pm


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How to stop Tolkien

This is a remarkable lecture from a Python conference-- it goes into some detail about the writing of The Hobbit and LOTR to talk about the importance of having a audience and the art of criticism, both of which apply to all sorts of writing, including computer programming.

I think the lecturer overestimates how well liberal arts classes teach criticism.

A little discussion of the lecture.

Link thanks to siderea.

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Date:November 11th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Very interesting lecture; thanks! Haha, "Lewis wrote crossover fanfic" - I've always agreed with Tolkien about The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

I didn't really see how all this pertains to programming, but that may be because I'm not a programmer. I think the compulsive Elf-chronicling community will enjoy it. ^^
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Date:November 11th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
It relates to programming on the extremely general level-- a claim that people write more and better if they have an audience, fundamentally benign focused criticism, and a deadline.
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Date:November 11th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
I was hoping that it really was about shutting down Tolkien, i.e. some sort of social hack to get the Tolkien rootkit out of the culture.

"STEP ONE: De-install PeteJackson Hbt.3 and revert back to PeteJackson HevCreat or PeteJackson DdAlive."
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Date:November 11th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
I assumed it was a Monty Python conference...
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Date:November 17th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
I tipped off Mike Glyer, because this talk is germane to his beat at File 770 but also because Mr. Rhodes mentions Mike's wife.
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