[TT] When they ask, Who (or What) was this written by ?
viktoras at ekoinf.net
Tue Dec 2 13:28:46 CST 2008
some say that Shakespeare should share his genius with Sir Francis
Bacon, so may be not a "standalone" genius at all. Who knows...
Richmond Mathewson wrote:
> [TT] - Totally Tangential.
> Speaking as a happily married person (just thinking about how that mucks
> up marriage statistics makes it even happier) both my wife and I would
> find it pretty tough to claim 100% authorship of anything; well, except in
> those arguments where she says that one of our sons is 100% like me :)
> As a person who doesn't feel to bad about plundering code (as well as
> shoving a lot of mine around for others to plunder) I can honestly say
> that my maximum input on anyone project is about 75%; even if the other
> 25% consisted of supplying hot drinks, keeping the kids out of the way,
> cooking meals, cleaning the house - I would have been hard-put to complete
> a lot of work without that support.
> So, whether Albert Einstein's wives were quiet geniuses spoon-feeding
> "stupid Bert", or whether they were "just" his support crew doesn't really
> matter: their contribution should be acknowledged.
> Skaespeare ripped-off everything, left, right, and centre: it is what he
> did with the material he gathered that constitutes genius.
> Of course there are Shakespearian 'scholars' (and those single quotes are
> meant to signify that they are a fairly worthless crowd) who worry about
> whether that wonderful turn of phrasing in Richard II's soliliquoy is 100%
> Shakespeare, or whether the first adjective was thought up by another
> lurking genius: does it matter? Not one wit: "The play's the thing!"
> "And so to a little coding" . . . to misquote that unsung hero of
> software development, Mr Samuel Pepys.
> sincerely, Richmond Mathewson.
> A Thorn in the flesh is better than a failed Systems Development Life Cycle.
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