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Re: How to insert a string every 2 characters

From: Nicolas Richard
Subject: Re: How to insert a string every 2 characters
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:55:08 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> writes:

> Nicolas Richard <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Act like you are stressed and not too smart, and
>>> that is exactly what you will become.
>> It is too late for me, it seems, because I can't
>> figure out what you're trying to tell me.
> You said something to the extent that keyboard macros
> are quick and not too smart. I assumed you mean
> advanced or powerful by "smart", and that those
> methods (the smart ones) aren't as quick.

I meant "if you don't need the power of elisp/a reusable function".
Writing a function has its own overhead, because you have to write it,
maybe make it a bit generic, possibly test it, document it (otherwise
future-self will hate you) and put it somewhere you can find it later
(i.e. find a name for it. I've heard that's NP-hard, or something ;)).

>                          Anyone who has done physical
> work (e.g., digging trenches or whatever) knows that
> the perception of time is very disadvantageous when
> doing computer work. You can fiddle with some detail
> and suddenly two, three hours have gone by!

Totally agree. With computers we solve problems that would not exist (or
would be impossible to solve, which is mostly equivalent).

>               The last aspect is what you do is what
> you become. Don't look for quick and not too smart
> ways to do things, if that isn't what you want to be.
> Instead, look for the most powerful way and then to
> hell with time. This makes for relaxed and skilled
> people. I'm not saying this to you in particular.
> But regardless of whatever, that is the way it works.

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