Who said that engineers can’t be artists? Ah, Guy said so.

Hey, this is so cool and I just found out about it by following links. This short film was created for the “48 hour film contest” and written by Baron and Ficus, of Be, Inc. fame. They used to work for Be, Inc. on the Be operating system together with my JBQ, then at Danger (of Sidekick cellphone fame), then I think Ficus moved to Google. Both are very creative individuals, and I love their songs from the time they were in this indie rock band together, the “Cotton Squares” (download their songs here). The whole band was comprised by ex-Be engineers (including kernel engineer Travis, who later went on to Danger, Apple, Palm, Sega and he even wrote his own OS, NewOS).

If you ever used BeOS and you opened a terminal to do an “ls -l”, you would see that the “owner” of the files is not you, but a user called “baron”. That’s the same Baron I am talking about here. BeOS was a single-user somewhat-Posix-compliant OS so the engineers could play funny pranks like that. 😉

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Guy Martin wrote on October 19th, 2007 at 4:20 PM PST:

I *demand* a retraction be printed! 🙂 I *never* claimed engineers couldn’t be artists. What I said was ‘engineering/software design is at least as much art AS science’.

Some of the most brilliant engineers I’ve ever worked with have been great artists. I don’t play an instrument, or read music, but I’ve mixed sound for recording and live performances for almost 10 years now. That keeps me grounded in my artistic side. 🙂


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Eugenia wrote on October 19th, 2007 at 4:22 PM PST:

Hehe, nice to know that I can mess around with you. 😉


Richard wrote on October 20th, 2007 at 10:00 AM PST:

Writing Code is an art in itself, obviously. 😉


Kevin wrote on October 20th, 2007 at 4:20 PM PST:

Ohhh… I always wonered why baron owned all my files… that makes sense now.

As far as engineers being artists… just look at Tom Scholz.


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