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Photo of Avdi Grimm at RailsCampNE 2010 by Rebecca Frankel

My name is Avdi Grimm. I’m a husband, father, and software cultivator living in southern Pennsylvania. This is my software development blog. I’m chief Aeronaut of ShipRise, a co-host of the Ruby Rogues podcast, author of a few books on Ruby development, and the head chef at Ruby Tapas. I also run Wide Teams, a blog and podcast for geographically dispersed teams. If you are on Twitter, you can follow me at @avdi.

The title of this blog is taken from a quote by Larry Wall in the Camel Book:

We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris.

The three virtues are explained as follows:

Laziness
The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful, and document what you wrote so you don’t have to answer so many questions about it. Hence, the first great virtue of a programmer. Also hence, this book. See also impatience and hubris.
Impatience
The anger you feel when the computer is being lazy. This makes you write programs that don’t just react to your needs, but actually anticipate them. Or at least pretend to. Hence, the second great virtue of a programmer. See also laziness and hubris.
Hubris
Excessive pride, the sort of thing Zeus zaps you for. Also the quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people won’t want to say bad things about. Hence, the third great virtue of a programmer. See also laziness and impatience.

You can find out more about me, including non-software-development stuff, on my home page: http://avdi.org

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  • http://tinyurl.com/redgreatleader unregulous

    Having read your irssi scree I would have hoped you would have been at least an xmpp enthusiast re meme

    $0 texting == XMPP

    Team management ought incorporate a reliable, forward secure communications protocol: XMPP OTR, SIP sRTP, or if you’re a retro fan SILC or IRC. You can continue being a twit via XMPP transport.

    If you love EFF then you ought hype XMPP OTR (privacy matters to every sane political persuation hippies, democrats,republicans, tea party, anarchists) … and possibly OSTN as it matures (ostel.co)

    > anger you feel when the computer is being lazy.

    – stop subsidizing microsoft
    – buy a mac pro
    – use sufficient minimal ram for your platform (at least 24 gigs)
    – become freeBSD proficient

    > ruby

    I love me my SIPsorcery ruby