Do Programmers Dream of Electric Code?

Rob Lucas, a programmer, posted in the New Left Review 62 of March-April 2010 writes that, This morning, floating through that state between sleep and consciousness in which you can become aware of your dreams as dreams immediately before waking, I realized that I was dreaming in code again. This has been occurring on and…

What I’m Really Thinking: The Slacker

Given my penchant for slacking and how I often self-identify as a slacker you might think that I hate this article recently published at The Guardian. You might be guessing that I’m going to criticize or mock it given my low tolerance for people with a “good” work ethic. But rather than commenting on this…

Unlimited Vacation vs. Unlimited Work

Recently, Richard Branson has made the “startling” claim that he wants everyone to have unlimited vacations. At first glance it seems like any and all anti-work advocate should be behind this but let’s take a closer look. First off, on that ABC link there’s a piece about Branson himself and at one point he says…

Is Hard Work Valuable?

Today I did nearly an hour of labor. I cut some trees, picked up rocks and put them around a planting area and generally walked around a bunch during this. So ya know, classic laborious activity. But after I was done I had a mixed feeling of (mostly) exhaustion and…pride? To give some context though…