…’s a question worth asking, since music has increasingly become a part of the modern-day workplace. Music has a strange temporal permanence; as art decorates space, so does music decorate time.
… more playful today, it’s also easier to hack before we think, and it can create a lot of problems. Great software still does require a lot of thought, and with ease we lose rigor.
…de in Knuth’s time had the thrill and the risk of walking a high wire. Small mistakes were painful. But decades of abstraction have stacked up like a pile of mattresses, and most of us just roll around on top.