Boggle

This quote boggles my mind:

Let's be blunt and up front here. I'm good at what I do, and I do a lot of things that a lot of people can't manage. Parrot's first mark and sweep garbage collector was put together in about four hours while I was sitting in my local public library (no wifi but comfy chairs) and it worked pretty well. The hardest part about it was doing the dull stuff involved with it. I'm reasonably certain that's not normal. And no, I don't know how to say "Yeah, I'm good at doing that stuff that makes your head explode -- it's easy" without coming across as an arrogant prat, so I don't. (Say it. I've no idea about the arrogant prat bit)

One of the running jokes was that we'd know Parrot was ready for release 1.0 because all the code I'd written and checked in had been rewritten. I cultivated this, to the point of occasionally checking in bad (working, but crappily written) code on purpose, partially to give the code gnomes something to gnaw on and partly to enhance my rep as an adequate but not great coder. If people thought the code was deeply magic they wouldn't want to touch, and I knew we needed people not afraid to touch.

It's from Dan Sugalski's public postmortem of Parrot, circa 2005.

Comments

I'm not sure exactly which part of it boggles. It's weird-sounding in some ways, but also less weird-sounding than some things I've seen people write. The first bit, or the last bit? Or ... considering your co-workers as a form of gnawing gnome-like creature?
The hubris, vanity, arrogance, and condescension boggle me.
Alas, these are qualities are in as limitless supply as hydrogen and stupidity.

Wasn't sure if there was some substantial bit that had you surprised.
Maybe I just need to get out more...
I think you mean the original poster needs to get out more! It's sitting in front of a machine typing your thoughts that really turns the crank up on the production of narcissism and arrogance.

(Just check out political blogs, or blogs-about-blogs...)
And here I was I thinking it was the bit about the mark-and-sweep collector taking 4 hours to implement (and thinking it was worth bragging about) (-:

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