zobie's blog I create software, I like music, and I'm mildly(?) OCD.

16May/08

Inheritance is merely a hack…

Favorite quote of the day:

In a strongly typed language, such as C++, inheritance is crucial. In an untyped language, such as Objective-C, inheritance is merely a hack that saves the developer some typing.

- Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (3rd Edition) by Aaron Hillegass, page 46.

11May/08

Clay Shirky on the Cognitive Surplus

http://blip.tv/file/855937

I really enjoyed this speech. It is a very insightful commentary about web 2.0 and the shift away from passive entertainment (i.e. TV) towards pastimes that require active involvement (e.g. editing Wikipedia, playing WoW, etc.).

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4May/08

High Morale Makes Creativity Cheap

Lesson Five: High Morale Makes Creativity Cheap

The Quarterly: It sounds like you spend a fair amount of time thinking about the morale of your teams.

Brad Bird: In my experience, the thing that has the most significant impact on a movie’s budget—but never shows up in a budget—is morale. [what’s true for a movie is true for a startup!] If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.

http://gigaom.com/2008/04/17/pixars-brad-bird-on-fostering-innovation/