[LEAPSECS] How good could civil timekeeping be?

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Fri Feb 15 14:23:24 EST 2008

>> I recommend Stewart Brand's "How Buildings Learn" for a discussion of

>> two similar design trends in architecture. In general, software

>> architecture philosophy is rather too self-referential and could do

>> with seeking design paradigms from outside the community.


> Say what? Does the name "Christopher Alexander" mean nothing to you?

And I could toss Brenda Laurel and the proscenium arch back at you
(well, not literally, but see also http://www.literateprogramming.com).

> (You might claim that software designers misread Alexander, but then

> I point you next to Harold Bloom on strong misreading.)

Or Richard Powers' Galatea 2.2.

"Self-referential" may have been the wrong choice of words, but
software philosophy tends to be rather self-involved and snarky.
There's a lot of world out there that doesn't run on software.

> Or is this mere sarcasm?

Nothing "mere" about sarcasm, but no, I wasn't attempting to be
especially ironic. It's a gift - and a curse.

One could do worse than to aim for "simple design, intense content":


Rob Seaman

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