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Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - F - M

Locale: norcal
Pascal: "I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." ... exemplifies ultralight backpacking for me. on 08/21/2012 23:50:07 MDT Print View

I love that quote. I'm in CompSci so it's often difficult to write brief and concise code.

There's a phrase called "code golfing" where you review code you wrote in the past and try to shorten it so that future maintainers don't have as much to understand. And less code means less bugs.

This really explains ultralight backpacking for me.

Your first trip you have a 40 lb pack. Then you ditch the crap you don't need and you save 10 lbs. Then comes the hard work.

This has been an addiction of mine for 2-3 years now and I now have an 8 lb pack.

Wonder what things will look like in 2-3 more years.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Coders on the trail on 08/21/2012 23:54:07 MDT Print View

"Programs expand to fill all available memory" = People with bigger packs bring more stuff.

What's the BPer translation of:

"If builders built buildings the way programmers write programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization."?

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Re: Pascal: "I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." ... exemplifies ultralight backpacking for me. on 08/22/2012 05:19:01 MDT Print View

"Wonder what things will look like in 2-3 more years."

If you follow my path you will go up to 8.5lbs by adding back in the stuff that you want not need and not worry about your pack weight ever again.