How Good is too Good?

16th Hole Augusta National“The Sand Trap: “It all began quite innocently in 1956 with the televising of The Masters tournament held at Augusta National. Just one look at the pristine fairways and perfectly manicured rough and Americans across the country demanded the same attention to detail from their local municipals. This day marked the end of American dominance in the sport of golf. Recent history proves how dead American golf is. Look at the World Golf Rankings, 13 of the top 25 come from countries other than the United States. The European teams have held The Ryder Cup six of the past nine years. College golf teams are recruiting players from all over the world]( because of their abilities. Why the shift in power? It’s not due to a lack of effort: go to any course and you’ll see tons of youngsters trying to emulate Tiger woods. If fingers should point, then blame should lie squarely on American golf courses.”

This is a very interesting point of view. I’ve had this exact argument with one of the guys I play with. I told him a story of what it was like playing at “the highland links up in Nova Scotia. this is ranked as one of the top courses in the world. I explained to him that the fairways weren’t manicured, or architected]( They were just **there**, hills, knolls, trees and all. His response: “That’s not golf. When I play golf I expect the fairway to be flat and the greens to be perfect.” When I explained that, according to the rules, there’s no such thing as a *fairway* in golf, just the area between the tee and green, he just scoffed.

Oh well, I enjoy the challenges of a difficult course that isn’t *perfect*.

Here’s another top-xxx list that leaves…

“Scripting News: “Here’s another top-xxx list]( that leaves out most of the people who should be on it. They’re talking about key innovators in the last 15 years. Let’s see, 15 years ago is 1990. Uhh, shouldn’t someone from Microsoft should be on that list? Why is Dan Bricklin there?”

And what about Steve Jobs? He brought us NeXT and OSX during that time. I know this is based on UNIX, but it’s the first time it’s been brought to the masses with such success. And what about the whole iLife concept? Everyone is making movies, writing music and sharing digital photos in large part because of how easy iLife has made it.

On a different front, what about George Lucas and ILM? The pioneering work on digital special effects has changed the way we watch movies.

Or what about John Lassiter of Pixar Animation?

Never mind all that. The main purpose of lists is to start discussion, so let’s get started [[:-)]].

One critique of the aggregator developer community…

[Scripting News]( “One critique of the aggregator developer community is that they don’t steal each others’ (good) ideas, that’s why most of them suck, and most users aren’t getting much benefit from using RSS. Seriously. It’s one of the paradoxes of our time. I know that Mitch Kapor used VisiCalc, for example. Steve Jobs visited Xerox PARC. Bill Gates used a Mac.”