Programmers at Cisco Systems drop acid?!
Ha…what a title though. I ran across this article on Wired the other day. And actually, I find it to be quite interesting…very interesting. First I need my little disclaimer: I don’t and have never done ‘drugs’ of any sort with the exception of alcohol. For real, just never interested me. Here is the first part of the article: “It must be changing something about the internal communication in my brain. Whatever my inner process is that lets me solve problems, it works differently, or maybe different parts of my brain are used, ” said Herbert, 42, an early employee of Cisco Systems who says he solved his toughest technical problems while tripping to drum solos by the Grateful Dead. Being in information system design (amongst other things) myself…I found this article interesting. I know that feeling of trying to wrap your head around a particularly difficult problem or task…and how music, relaxation, etc can really help execute the thought process. The idea that this guy uses LSD to help him solve wild difficult programming problems is just a wild concept. If you ever done really complex math related development…or you’re just a ‘tweaker’ you’ll probably feel this article. And no, this article isn’t going to change my personal stance…so don’t email me asking if I want to drop acid and teach you HTML.