Thursday, September 29, 2005

Forger vs Honer

The Diamond Age In an effort to re-start my brain, I've been listening to one of my favorite books, The Diamond Age on audio:

Hackworth was a forger, Dr. X was a honer. The distinction was at least as old as the digital computer. Forgers created a new technology and then forged on to the next project, having explored only the outlines of its potential. Honers got less respect because they appeared to sit still technologically, playing around with systems that were no longer start, hacking them for all they were worth, getting them to do things the forgers had never envisioned.
I can't figure it out, which one am I? Maybe at Macromedia I was a forger, and at Odeo I'm a honer.

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