Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Oh wait I forgot a part

I meant to add something else to that last monstrosity, but just as well: this is important enough to have its own space.

Also among my travels last night, I happened across some discussion of a guy known only as why the lucky stiff. The name was vaguely familiar, but I couldn't place it. Turns out he has been a highly respected person on these Internets for quite some time: a true code guru, an artist, and by all accounts a weird and wonderful personality. And then one day, he just pulled the plug -- shut down all of his sites, canceled his Twitter account, wiped various other sites of his contributions, etc.

Here are two appreciations of _why, a short one from John Resig and a longer, really good one, from Diogo Terror. And because you know that even a genius can't really erase things from the Internet anymore, all sorts of people have been looking through caches and repositories and whatnot, and resurrecting a bunch of his stuff. There looks to be a pretty comprehensive collection assembled by yjerem at _why's estate.

Perhaps one way to start to get a sense of him, even if you do not read computer books, is to read the first (zeroth?) page of Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby.

(h/t: Why Uses This)

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