Okay. For once, I’m going to say what I actually think on this site of mine! I’ve done it to a degree before but I got frequently hushed by the few people that see anything but neutrality as a weakness or a threat. I’m only human, and I have some damned opinions. So here they are!
Be prepared for mildly offensive rhetoric and inappropriate usage of the ellipsis and exclamation mark!!!
Me in not so many words:
I think this universe is simply awesome. We’re tiny when everything is put into perspective. Heck, we’re just one form of life, on one planet, in one star system of hundreds of billions of star systems in this galaxy alone (which itself is accompanied by hundreds of billions of other galaxies), and yet some people still have the arrogance to feel that the human race is at the centre of the whole universe and that it was all created for us! Our wonderful yet miniscule existence is aptly covered in this beautifully poetic video from the late Carl Sagan.
- I will always support the path that increases happiness and/or decreases pain, suffering or unhappiness. I also think that what little time I have on this earth should be used to positively affect others’ lives and improve, even to a tiny extent, the abysmal status quo.
- I love the outdoors. I envy people that have jobs outside. And I don’t mean outside on the street cleaning up human sewage. I mean outside in the real world — the places that we haven’t yet destroyed.
- I’ve yet to sit in an office chair that won’t make my back hurt like hell after eight hours.
- I don’t understand how some people can live with doing the same thing every single day. Sitting at a desk, in a cubicle, eight hours every single day. The banality and soul-crushing reality of any job that requires people to do this is sickening. To think that people are so deluded as to believe that they have no choice and that such an existence is all they can hope for.
- I am a rational human, and therefore don’t subscribe to unfounded beliefs in fairies, goblins or gods. If viable proof surfaces then I will be the first to admit I was wrong, but until that day, I get to say that you’re wrong, deluded, and are kidding yourself. I’m a nice guy though, so I will rarely mention it without provocation.
- I get annoyed when people don’t realise the difference between believing that something doesn’t exist and rejecting the belief that something does exist, for it should be apparent that there is a huge difference.
- My favourite comedians of all time are Ricky Gervais, George Carlin, Frankie Boyle and Bill Hicks (watch all the videos!).
- I hate running, but I absolutely love cycling!
- I think modern day advertising and marketing techniques are the bane of western society. Oh, and politicians! And celebrity magazines!
- I didn’t care for the World Cup, and I always find it amusing how people shout at the TV and put flags on their cars when it won’t have the slightest effect on the game itself.
- I’m trying to become a vegetarian. Watch the documentary, Earthlings, and you’ll understand why. It’s not because I think me abstaining from meat will have the slightest effect on the global demand, but simply to retain whatever integrity I still have.
- Pixar made me cry. I don’t know how they did it…
- I’d love to know how to play a musical instrument properly. Preferably the piano.
- I think humans have a responsibility to stop using non-renewable resources, but I don’t think playing the blame-game is helpful. I also don’t think change will happen given the current political and economic powers that be.
- Other movies that have made me weep like a baby include The Stoning of Soraya M, Forrest Gump, The Champ and Pay It Forward.
Opinions about web technologies:
- I think inline documentation, like that made possible with JSDoc, makes code ugly and unreadable. I want to see the code, and that’s all!
- I think heavy UI abstractions like ExtJS totally take away all of the fun, excitement and challenges that should form a central part in any programmer’s role. To me, it looks like a product built for business people, and business people rarely understand the motives and desires of programmers — they only understand a couple of things: profit margins and economic viability.
- I don’t understand Node.js. I really did try, but it just ended up confusing me. I’m not a Linux wizz so installing it was trouble enough.
- I have a love-hate relationship with PHP. Doing most things is dead simple (which is great), but it’s such an ugly language!
Okay, that’s enough for today. Comment if you want. If you disagree with me on any of these points, then, GOOD! This world would be such a dull place without such varied opinions and people!