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The time space continuum | Chasing Men Who Stare at Arrays

The time space continuum

Running in High Park this evening, I was contemplating what more to say about The Design of Design now that I am about 1/3 of the way through.

Rather than calculating that number, I’m visually estimating it, by the way.

Brooks claims that most programmers are visual/spacial thinkers.  Which is part of his larger thesis about modeling a software design process, but that’s not what I want to talk about today.

Right around here in the park, where I shot this photo earlier this summer, it struck me. I love the way Brooks is able to sprinkle anecdotes about working on the architecture for IBM’s System/360 45 years ago with insightful analysis of modern design practices. This guy has seen it all.

And hey! That’s what I have to do. Or some Catherine tempered approximation.

And it’s not just me who thinks this is important.  Wired interviewed him this summer, where, incidentally, he confessed to becoming interested in computers in the 1940’s because he wanted to index his maps.

Now we’re all interested in indexing maps… And guess who I’m getting myself ready to call.

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