16 Oct 2000 modred   » (Apprentice)

Had a discussion the other day and had the unfortunate realization that the demand for Renaissance Men is quite small these days, which is really too bad. What is wrong with wanting to know a little about a lot of subjects? Is the increased specialization we see in this day and age really the best system? Specialization seems to be limiting the pursuit of knowledge in my mind. For those of us who are not great "thinkers" it seems to me that knowing about a variety of matters is preferable to being stuck in one vein of thought forever. The great thinkers, those who add to the corpus of knowlesge, will always be there - be it in the age of specialization or the age of the "complete" man.

Another realization that I had is that creating schedules for sports leagues programmatically is not an easy task. It doesn't sound so hard at first but even the "easy" case of balanced round robin scheduling is pretty complicated. I guess I have some more research to on this but am finding that information is tough to find (or it could be that I am not looking in the right place).

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