But if you make it to the punchline at the end, you will understand how it won my heart.
Wife: "What are you laughing at?"
Me: "A funny video."
Wife: "About what?"
[contemplates how long it might take to explain the entire history of computer science.]
Me: "A Dope Zebra!"
The whole thing was good, but the L-word at the end and the twist made me LOL.
The Frankenstein analogy was really good. People are so driven to create their very own things that they’ll create monsters to satisfy their urges. The flat earther analogy was a little over the top, but humorous. But yeah, what really made my day was what won jwz’s heart. I like how he tried to pretend that he didn’t mention it, as Lisp is like a secret indulgent shame nowadays.
LOL. Of course, I run nginx now, but these are great.
Fortunately, nginx really is web scale. ;)
My favorite part of this whole Node.js thing is that some pre-releases of Windows 8 have had a full screen browser with Node.js on localhost as the default UI, so finally, the browser really is part of the OS. I can't wait to see whether that or the new Win32 shell ships. More popcorn!
Code hipsters... I was looking for a phrase to express that idea :-) there's days when not going online and reading tech blogs is a good idea unless all you want to read are Node.js posts or watch videos of quadcopters.
I've not bothered to find out what Node.js actually does, but it seems to be the web equivalent of an Arduino - whatever problem you've got, it'll fix it.
Offtopic rant, apologies for venting on jwz.org: The flat earth thing does get my goat up a bit. History got twisted and rewritten by romanticised "historical biographies", which was picked up by others and regurgitated as fact. Happens all the time on the Internet these days: someone writes something vaguely plausible, often for fun, and the next thing people are accepting it as fact. There's zero evidence that anyone educated, including the Church, believed that a spherical earth was anything but a given from at least 300BC. Geocentricity was another matter - much much harder to prove that unless you accept the stars are much much further away than you'd think possible.
"The Roman's didn't know about siphons so they built aqueducts" is another one that annoys the hell out of me. Have you seen the cost of lead!
By the way, the links above the videos are duplicated. The right link should be this one.