Lately, I've been having a lot of fun playing with wooden blocks--a great toy for toddlers and grown-ups alike.
There's a certain primal simplicity to blocks. Sure, you can stack them up in simple towers or piles. However, my inner geek makes me want to build more tricky structures. For example, this diamond structure:
Or maybe a diamond with huge spire
Or flip the whole thing upside down if you're inclined:
A more interesting challenge is to build an arch.
And if you can keep that stable, to find out how much you can stack on top of it
Lately, I've been experimenting with expanding the number of dimensions. For example, this interesting structure:
Or this more complex extension of the idea
Somewhere in all of this, there's probably some kind of software development analogy. Maybe it's the fact that even with simple components, you can make some pretty cool things. Or maybe it's somehow related to the same inner urge that drives a programmer to build their entire application out of closures, generators, coroutines, actors, tasklets, or something similarly "simple."
Then again, maybe it's more of a warning. After all, there are those pesky end-users who are going to put their dirty hands on everything when you're done (observe their look of terror).
... and well, we all know what happens next.
Anyways, that is all for now. Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday!
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