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Where do you get your inspiration?

Pauline McNamara

Joined: Jan 19, 2001
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Originally posted by Elouise Kivineva:
I'm still thinking about Servlets 4B. Mostly I'm enjoying the last warm days of the summer & fishing a lot, but I AM thinking about 4B too!

Finally I can understand the attraction of fishing: pondering programming exercises. Welcome back Elouise - any bites?
This made me think of how something often goes "click!" when I'm outside, far away from the computer. Usually riding my bike in some beautiful place, or maybe hiking in the mountains.
I think I've read here that it has happened to someone else while soaking in the tub, or while in the shower.
So where are the rest of you when you get that-little-lightbulb-just-went-on feeling?
[ August 13, 2003: Message edited by: Pauline McNamara ]
Amy Phillips
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I am always in bed! Seems to be that point just before you drop off to sleep and its really annoying because you have to get up again to write the brainwave down.
Still without my bed I doubt I would have got to the OOP part!
Frank Carver

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
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I've done some of my most interesting software design while swimming. I find that the mindless repetition of swimming laps of a 25m pool frees the mind wonderfully. After half a kilometer or so the rhythm of physical exercise and controlled breathing feels a bit like snoozing, but with less chance of actually dropping off to sleep and losing all those great ideas.

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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When I was a lad in High School (long, long ago), I spent a summer at a factory named "APCO Wire Goods" that made shopping carts and things of that nature. The pay was good, but the work was hard and boring. Basically I took bent pieces out of a bin, arranged them into a form, and hit them with a spot welder in a predetermined number of places. You had a quota, so many pieces per hour.
I quickly acquired a rhythm: grab, set, punch, dump; grab, set, punch, dump; grab, set, punch, dump. After the first few days, I didn't need to use my brain at all, and it was free to do other things. At the time, my biggest passion was music. The rhythm of the machines laid down a backbeat for my daydreaming.
I wrote and arranged more than a dozen songs while I worked that summer, without a doubt the best ones I ever did. More than twenty years later I still have the recordings we made in my friend's makeshift home studio that fall, and they still sound good.

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jason adam
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Since I spend most of my "free" time dealing with all the animals, usually I'll come up with a solution to a problem with work or life in general while watching the turkeys and chickens. Their simplicity often causes my brain to go just as blank as theirs, and it's at that point that all the gobbledy-gook that was obscuring the answer flushes away revealing an equally simple approach to whatever is troubling me.
The goose honks too much to get any good brain cleansing going, and don't even get me started on the friggin goats...
I don't know how you people can gain enlightenment while exercising, the only thing I can think of is "I SOOOOOO wish I wasn't doing this right now"
[ August 14, 2003: Message edited by: jason adam ]
Amy Phillips
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Yeah I have to say the only thing I am thinking of when swimming is 'will I make it to the other side before drowning!'
Greg Harris
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my light-bulb turns on when i am hiking through the woods. i guess there is something to mindless activity.
of course, i have also seen-the-light during a few boring lectures at school... and even once or twice during a rather boring conversation with different people.

Matthew Phillips
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Showering generally tends to clear my mind and allow ideas to pop into my head. For non-coding related issues, ideas generally pop up while I'm coding because I'm in a generally relaxed yet focused state.

Matthew Phillips
juliane gross
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Famous "4b" I did on a vacation in La Palma, Canary Islands.
While whatching the seawaves and lizards on the terrace.
But back home the streetcar between karolinenplatz and schellingstrasse
seems to be a quite inspiring ride.
maybe some code ideas show in my face which would explain
funny looks of other passengers..
the underground isn't bad either. best in-between-stations
seem to be: marienplatz-odeonsplatz-universitaet.
better have pen+paper with me, then!
(in the moment it is more: WHEN do I find time to code,
than HOW I should code something.. )
maybe the next street car ride will solve this?
[ August 15, 2003: Message edited by: juliane gross ]
jason adam
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I can just see it now, "A Streetcar named Polymorphism"
Johannes de Jong

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I get my best ideas while I'm standing in a traffic jam, when I cant do anything to try them out
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