thought onto paper:
What I would like to achieve is a nice balance, spending lots of time thinking about interesting problems, and efficiently converting the results into hypermedia.
I'm nowhere near that at present.
I spend lots of time thinking about interesting problems, which mainly results in what seem like great results in my head, but rarely gets anywhere near paper.
Some of the things I think about demand more than mere documentation.
If I think about software engineering problems what one wants to come out is good software.
But since I like big problems its generally unlikely that I could implement the solution myself.
Still, one can put the ideas "on paper" and hope to contribute to collaborative open-source solutions.
All the topics you see touched upon in Factasia (usually superficially).
Philosophy, Logic, Mathematics, Software Engineering.
Religion, Ethics, Politics, Economics.
Get the sense I'm spreading myself thin?
I think academic standards, and academic specialisation do more damage than good, and result in huge amounts of irrelevant research.
My scheme is, you decide what you are trying to achieve, and you go wherever it takes to find the solution.
And its JIT (Just In Time) scholarship (or in my case, often JTL).
You learn just as much of each topic as seems necessary to solve the problem in hand.
Breadth is often more useful than depth.
making a living
I would like to be able to make a living out of writing, so I am interested in how that can be done.
Traditional models aren't likely to work for me, since I'm not so keen on publishing books.
I'm really very keen on hypermedia, continuous publishing, and would like to be able to embed transparent software development work into the writing, breaking down the distinction between writing a book and writing a piece of software.
So I'm interesting in what may happen in future about new ways to make money out of creative thinking.
In particular, on the software side I'm interested to see how the "open-source" software movement will develop, and whether any models emerge for funding open-source developers.
Also interested in generalising these ways of developing old fashioned software (programs) to the development of future software (intellectual property in general, ideas).