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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I don't consider what I wrote "deprecating". I agree with three of four main points -- but I still find your examples for the fourth point unconvincing.

    I read and commented because I thought your essay was likely worth reading, and because you asked for comments. I certainly don't mean any offense, so please accept my apologies. (I kind of wish you'd focused on my argument instead of on me, but you get to choose how you respond, and that's fine.)

    • Hi chromatic!

      I did reply to what you wrote about my article on the use.perl.org journal as comments to the journal. I did not mean to offend you in this entry, or to continue the discussion in the response you wrote to my homepage essay on my journal, just to make a related and inspired note about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It was not a classic non-sequitor, it was a "this reminds me".

      I may have misused the word "deprecating" in this context. What I meant was more like "criticising" or "de-constru

  • The fields of human endeavour with the strongest critism also tend to be the ones with big impacts on society. Science, Economics and the Arts for example.

    As far as I'm concerned, about 80% of the ideas I come up with on any given day are going to be utterly terrible.

    But by subjecting them to criticism, you get to weed out the ideas that are bad, and modify to the ideas that are good-but-flawed and refine them into great ideas.

    It's that process of surviving and compensating for criticism that breeds the bes

    • I agree. Moreover, ideas that seemed good at the time, sometimes seem bad to me after a while.

      I suppose most criticism, even negative one, probably has little bad effect on me, and does not make me clinically depressed. But I still put too much weight to what I believe people think of me. Criticism, even valid, should still not make me or anyone else depressed or hypomanic.

  • Seeking approval from the intartubes is no way to go through life, son. ;-)

    If you ask for comments from random strangers be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

    The hard part is what you quoted/wrote, finding opinions you value. The best is finding a critic you don't agree with but provides valuable insight is just awesome.

    • Seeking approval from the intartubes is no way to go through life, son. ;-)

      I guess you're right, but like it or not, the Internet is not "virtual" but just electronic and 1-D/2-D. It's less "real" than real-life (and of less ability to influence me) but still an active part of my life.

      Seeking too much approval from anyone, whether online or IRL, is bad.

      If you ask for comments from random strangers be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

      The hard part is what you quoted/wrote, finding opinions you value. The best is finding a critic you don't agree with but provides valuable insight is just awesome.

      Right, a wise man once commented that "A wiseman can learn from a fool, much more than a fool can ever learn from a wiseman". Often, completely wrong criticism, where the critic has missed the point, hides a lot of useful insig