There’s a special thrill about computers that only we nerds feel. We are the sorcerer’s apprentices who peek into the Spell Book while the master’s away. Our experiments run wild sometimes flooding the basement.
But here’s beauty of it – in our contained little world of keyboard and screen what’s the worst that can happen?
“oh, well …”
As you hone your spells and perfect them, their enchantment takes hold of you. You can’t stop tweaking, adjusting and improving. There’s always a better way and there seems to be no limit.
It’s all about how we understand are world. Teaching something as stupid as computer to do things makes you question everything you take for granted. Common sense. What is common sense? As you probe deeper into a process you find out more and more. What are the rules that govern it? Can they be expressed clearly enough for the dumb machine to execute? What are we really thinking about when we decide if a job is done or not?
Mickey Mouse didn’t get his loop exit condition right before the master returned to his wet lair and pressed Control-Alt-Delete. But perhaps if Disney had let him, Mickey would have debugged the spell and tried again. Once you start you can’t stop.