January 5th, 2007

diarmuid

Morning thoughts

1. Brutal honesty is useful only when it's you applying it to yourself.

2. I love the term "idea hamsters". Stu and I tend to be idea hamsters, and we can really go off the rails sometimes.

My first inspiration to be an idea hamster was my dad, who not only gave me Godel, Escher, Bach (and handed me his sci-fi collection, which I inherited and expanded), but also took me to Epcot when I was 10 and told me of his idea of undersea farming. And if I woke up in the middle of the night when he was making himself a bowl of peanut butter and jelly, he would tell me his ideas on how the universe worked. My favorite line of his was "The universe is far stranger than we can imagine." And I think that inspired his religious belief (as it does mine).

I miss my Dad, but in the short time I knew him, he inspired a lot in me. He made a huge difference with a lot of people.

(As an aside, I wish someone would pay me to be an idea hamster. FWIW, I've actually implemented ideas, so I'm not just full of bull. Thing is, I will generate and give away ideas for free. It's implementation that you've got to pay for. Just as I will teach concepts for free, but you've got to pay me to make up tests and homework, and especially pay me to grade them.)