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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: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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