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Dec. 31st, 2009 @ 08:37 am semi-charmed kind of life
Singing along with third eye blind just now, ivy says "I want something else.." then stops and sternly admonishes herself: "I don't think that's how you ask."

I'm hanging it up. This is the final blog entry. Put away the kleenex, you three. You knew it was coming. Tomorrow the future officially begins, for real this time, and blogging is going to be SO '0-X by about 10AM.

I may reopen somewhere, but if I do it'll only be about software, and niche software at that.

In case anyone wonders what happened to me the last couple years: I was reborn. It took half my (projected) life, but I unexpectedly discovered something I'd only caught in glimpses before: pure, limitless, intrinsic motivation. I am addicted to the multiplier effect which emerges as I spend more and more time on software. And most of all: "It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself."

Happy new year, and happy lives to everyone straggling across the finish line with me.
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From:skin_it_mahatma
Date:December 31st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
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"It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself."

well-said. in a somewhat related vein, a typical human uses, what -- 10% of brain power?

good luck. happy new year. hope our paths cross again.
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From:ronebofh
Date:December 31st, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
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http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/10percent.asp

Paul, i look forward to software that's as coherent and enjoyable as your prose.
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From:skin_it_mahatma
Date:December 31st, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
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i refer to snopes often. didn't even occur to me that this was a myth.

thanks for the lesson!
From:burningyen
Date:December 31st, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
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I only took a couple of years of Pascal/Lisp/C, but I remember the satisfaction of that type of creation wasn't too different from what I get writing and playing music.

Best of luck, so long, and thanks for all the blog entries!
From:iam23skidoo
Date:December 31st, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)

See ya Paul

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Thanks for the infotainment for all these years. I hope you resurface at some point.
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From:erikred
Date:December 31st, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
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Good for you, Paul. I fully expect you to upload yourself, Greg Egan's Diaspora-style, by the time Ivy graduates from college.
From:nsidestrate
Date:December 31st, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck to you. I discovered your writing through poker and always felt some imaginary kinship to you as a fellow software guy. I'm pleased that your new challenges are exciting for you and hope that it is always so. On a selfish note, I hope that you do write about it somewhere, since it is so enjoyable to read your thoughts.
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From:nathashish
Date:December 31st, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
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So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Hope our paths cross someday.
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From:normalcyispasse
Date:January 1st, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
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Well, Paul, it's been a good run. Good luck with things!
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From:exoskeleton
Date:January 1st, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
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Paul, All the very best for the future.
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From:deaconblus
Date:January 1st, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)

fare thee well

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Well, I guess it's been a long time comin'. But there are times when I still miss your entries. Keep on truckin'.
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From:sparkyr
Date:January 1st, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)

Bon Voy-ah-gee!

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Thanks for sharing your wit and insights. I'll miss them - in spite of and partly because I didn't agree with you most of the time.
All the best to you and those you share your life with!
From:loser_variable
Date:January 1st, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
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It's been fun. All the best!
From:adspar
Date:January 1st, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
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best wishes!
From:howardtreesong
Date:January 1st, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
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No surprises, of course -- and thanks are beyond obvious. I've enjoyed your writing and your insight for a long while. Enjoy whatever road you're on.
From:naturalborn
Date:January 2nd, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
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I'm interested in learning about your software projects, independent of anything having to do with this journal.
From:undecemumbrae
Date:January 2nd, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
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In absolute agreement here. Some of us are software developers and would like to hear about it!
From:narendra
Date:January 2nd, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)

onward

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From:paradoxworld.blogspot.com
Date:January 2nd, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)

Best wishes on your new path

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Hi, Paul,

Always knew you'd find a new game. Now that you have daughters, you have a stake in the future -- so I'm betting your next game will be something to make that future better for all of us. I'll be interested to see what you develop.

I've enjoyed your journal, and I wish you and your family prosperity and good games to play.

Thanks and best wishes,
Anna Paradox
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From:beardofbees
Date:January 4th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)

inevitable

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Happy Trails, Paul. Like many here, I learned about you through those early seasons of the WPT (still chuckle thinking about you shaving your head to psych out Gus...or the deranged unabomber thing you dropped on hellmuth at the NBC HU). but as time went on, kept coming back to hear your thoughts in general -- whether it be on politics, philosophy, mind-altering substances, or Scrabble.

So, I'm sad that you won't be broadcasting to the population at large...but enjoy the next phase. As a father of two young daughters myself, best wishes.

"Pure, limitless, intrinsic motivation" -- I've been flirting with this too...love to find me the mother lode...
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From:badblood44
Date:January 4th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)

Ditto

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Previous comments have it pretty well summarized. Best of luck in everything you decide to tackle.
From:salixquercusii
Date:January 4th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I always enjoyed visiting here. Thanks.
From:lewcidwun
Date:January 5th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
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2010 killed Timmahhh!
So this multiplier effect you speak of... new way of stealing fractions of cents from bank transactions?
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From:phatjoe
Date:January 6th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Good game.

/joe
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From:johndhi
Date:January 10th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
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Thanks for all the great posts. You made me think and you also nurtured my appreciation for delicate and precise wording.
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From:cesarsalad
Date:January 22nd, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Hope we meet again, Paul. You were one of the first people I met in competitive Scrabble. Show up at a tournament some day and surprise us!
From:mosch2000
Date:January 28th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)

Thank you

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Thank you for taking the time to share a slice of your life with us for as long as you have.

It's been a privilege.
From:omniscientx
Date:February 4th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
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How much of your rebirth would you credit scala for, if at all?
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From:extempore
Date:February 4th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Scala gets no credit; that part could have been anything. It's Apple who gets the credit, for reminding me that computers don't have to involve an endless parade of small annoyances. Not that I don't support linux in principle, but it is such a non-contest. I did my time.
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From:boshvark
Date:August 6th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Keep doing what you love, and thanks for introducing me to Apple too. Hope to see you around.
From:seanctaylor
Date:February 9th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)

motivation in a dark age

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I’m happy and somewhat envious to hear that you have found a new sense of motivation in your life. I’m curious: did you ever, in your post dot-com period of de-motivation, find yourself falling into a mental cul-de-sac of extreme "doomerism", like some Essene apocalyptic cult member? I’ve been in this mode for about a year and a half now, a feeling that a Dark Age is descending upon the world, that there is no reason for optimism or productive activity of any kind, and I can’t seem to shake it. I was just curious if you have ever had this problem, and how you dealt with it. Thanks.
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From:extempore
Date:February 12th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)

Re: motivation in a dark age

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I still feel that way. The difference is that I decided to respond by involving myself in something tangible. Put it this way: even if the world is going to end soon, it probably won't happen tomorrow.

Also, having kids bestows upon one the obligation to at least act as if the world isn't going anywhere.
From:howardtreesong
Date:February 17th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)

Re: motivation in a dark age

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As an intellectual matter, I think it's likely (although more in an end-of-the-Roman-empire sense than in an end-of-all-life-on-the-planet sense). But I haven't managed to internalize even that, so my view really hasn't dampened my basic optimism.
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From:jjharris1978
Date:February 18th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
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Happy Trails! I still go back and reread your bloggorhea from time-to-time...hopefully someday we might be surprised with a treatise on psychoactive drug use and/or triple-draw.

Thanks for all of your writing, and good luck!