Obsessed with Putting Ink On Paper

Unattributed, Lilypond, Mar 30, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

OK, in the end, this has nothing to do with online learning, has nothing to do with why I clicked on it in the first place, and in the end, is an advertisement. But what really strikes me about this piece - which is about software that writes musical notation - is the way the author is concerned about the details. Now I have just spent all day writing code and looking at some editing, which means I've spent all day being really picky about semi-colons and the proper reference of pronouns. Picky stuff which (to be honest) most people don't care about. But - and this article makes the point so nicely - the beauty is in the details (same with Harold Jarche's sailboat - it wasn't the 50K, it was the zillion hours spent making sure every board was exactly right). So that's worth passing along. Now - why did I click on this in the first place? Because I thought the title was 'Obsessed with putting link on paper' and that was a notion too delicious to pass.
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