Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

'On Being and Deliciousness'

DrunkenBlog has an interview with Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster. Delicious Monster makes Delicious Library, a media library for OS X that has features and a user interface to die for. There are a lot of good things in the interview, but the big one that hit me is when Wil says:

Heuristics (the way I’m using them) are basically algorithms that are not guaranteed to get the right answer all the time. Sometimes you can have a heuristic that gets you something close to the answer, and you (as the programmer) say, “This is close enough for government work.”

He gets it and it’s obvious he enjoys his job. I’m still getting there sometimes it seems. Occasionally I’ve been known to pull out some fast and “good enough” work, but lately I don’t feel that way at all. I’m getting work done, I just don’t feel super inspired I guess.