‘Really, the art of optimization,’ Paul begins, ‘is getting hyper rational about everything.’ I watch the screen as a pop-up fills the screen. ‘Hyper rationalism is like the art of just pure being… of being a liquid in liquid.’ Paul enters in a few numbers on the screen: 1,2,Q,e,fn,z2.
‘It’s a sort of synthetic logic.’ Paul sips a little coffee from a canteen. It is just amazing how quickly Paul has adapted to his new occupation as a programmer. He ends up sleeping with a programming book jammed between his ears. Once awake, he’s drinking coffee and creating rings on pages he spends too much time on. ‘I’ve learned to simplify problems into classes of priority, it’s the priority that most people forget when they simplify problems.’
‘Most of my code works on the same problem: the queue.’ This is something I remember Paul bantering about months ago. When we were at line at the grocery store. Why isn’t there self-serve here? I remember him asking. Why aren’t we moving? Does that person really have a hundred? That person one? Item? ‘Get this line moving.’
‘It’s not just about the elegance, but the speed of your solution. In a world with uncertainty, it’s not just elegance, speed is also pivotal. A queue that is coded correctly incorporates the right itemization of importance to unpredictable events.’