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Evil, but cute & gay about it
...ramblings of the imperfectly innocent
*smack* Of course! 
16th-Apr-2008 10:14 pm
accomplished, scudworth, mischievous
I've been reading elfs's LJ for some time now. For those that don't know, he's a particularly prolific writer (mostly pansexual SF stories). He often posts about various go-arounds he has with his Muse (<--- some links NSFW). Tonight, he linked to an article called Thomas Sullivan's One Night In The Life of an Author. Upon reading that, I understood: there is no reason at all to believe that Muses are limited to literature. I now understand that I have a code Muse.

At work, there's this particular wonderful project I'm working on where I've been stuck in the design phase (due to external resource constraints) for some time. Since it looks like forward progress will be made in the next day or two, I decided to work all day on actually implementing the first set of changes that I want to make so they'll be ready to test when those resources become available.

Nothing happened.

Even though I've been planning this for months, and consequently have a document two pages long (in tiny type) full of detailed changes I wanted to make, now that I have the chance to turn them into code, I could not make it go. Grr.

My Muse wanted nothing to do with separating the two state machines, or fixing the parser. No. It wanted to micro-optimize the code. Because if you're going to program, obviously you should optimize, then debug, and only then make sure the code does what you want. Right? :-/

On the other hand, I did eliminate 150-250 bytes and 3 branches from the per-connection path, and 40 bytes and 1 branch from the per-packet code, at the same time as I fixed 4 bugs. So there is an upside.
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23rd-Sep-2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Actually, Muse has competition, but only for my productivity time. Muse usually follows me around when I go for walks or ride my bicycle; Code Fairy always hits me up in the shower.
24th-Sep-2008 05:28 am (UTC)
Wow! Didn't expect a response from the man himself. :-) Glad to (virtually) meet you!

Mostly I was commenting on the "I want to work on X, but my brain/Muse clearly has other ideas" phenomenon. I am also (painfully) familiar with the shower as output trigger, which is one reason I'm glad they have a shower at my employer.
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