Re: Catching up: Alan Kay, Stan Lippman, Steve Vinoski...

CobraBoy (
Sat, 18 Jan 1997 08:45:42 -0800

>I'm so behind I just got around to reading Tim's post on Nov 1...

well better late than never..

>and see if this description doesn't sound like "Rohit as he wishes he
>> Alan Kay's Reading List
>> In response to a question for "10 or so" recommended books, Alan made
>> the following response:
>> "10 or so" books is tough. I read about 300 per year and have a
>> library of about 10,000 nonfiction books. I wouldn't really know how
>> to get it down below several hundred or so. It is still a large list
>> (in the hundreds) if I limit it to nontechnical books for the general
>> reader.
>He then goes on to list like 200 books that really fall into nine
>distinct categories that are just plain seminal works in most every
>field of human knowledge. Forget meeting Alan Kay, I want to BE Alan

This is what I have against "smart guys." What did Alan Kay ever do? I
would venture to guess not much. He was more a victim of being in the right
place at the right time syndrom. He was nothing but a load at Apple. The
reason that Apple is in the mess their in is having to carry "visionaries"
that do nothing. For the Billion + dollars Apple spent in ten years of R&D
what did Kay contribute?

I wish I could just sit around and read a bunch of books and convince
people to pay me a ton of money. That is Kay's real talent.



I got two turntables and a microphone...

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