Sep 012009
 

For those of you who don’t know who Paul Graham is, here’s a quick primer:

Classic Self-Referentialism

Classic Self-Referentialism

He’s is a coder and he started and sold a Internet Startup company during the .com bubble and sold it for a handsome sum.  He’s now a internet startup guru and the co-founder of Y Combinator , writer(Hackers and Painters), essayist and coder. Quick enough?
I’ve been an avid reader for 15 years now, enjoying mostly fiction (sci-fi, fantasy) and an odd smattering of non-fiction here and there (mainly science and related). To date I have yet to read a better essay writer than Paul Graham, although I must admit my experience is quite limited.  I haven’t read his book, “Hackers and Painters“, yet, but his essays are really fantastic.

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May 072009
 

Hello! My name is Dale Botha and welcome to my blog!  As you may have guessed, I’m curious! (both definitions!)

I was always the guy in class that asked too many “apparently“ stupid questions (which, when answered, actually weren’t so stupid..i’d like to think).  I also used to take things apart, a lot, to see how they worked (and only relatively recently developed the skill and patience to put things back together again!) and have had “small things amuse small minds“ said to me more times than I can remember because I can become interested in some “small thing“ which gets me thinking and wondering. eg.  watching and playing with bubbles while washing dishes!

I like: reading – sci-fi, fantasy, science, running in the forest (off the path :) ), spending time with family, podcasts about technology and programming, audio books, thought provoking conversation, good wine, good coffee, meeting and connecting with new interesting people, the internet, heavy metal, exploring new (and old) places, driving fast, motor cycles and space.

Writing has always been a peripheral interest and I’d like to put some out there on the interwebs.  So I’ll set my hand to airing my opinions and divergent interests in the form of an article every couple of weeks.  I”ll also be blogging about various topics – Ruby on Rails, my blogging project – winemonkeys.co.za, tech news, stuff more pertenant to South Africans.

I would especially like to mention 4 authors whose writings in inspire me in one way or another:

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