A note from Rach Smith's digital garden

Just a big brain developer trying to be a grug brain

Added: July 7, 2022

Tags: development work

This made me laugh, multiple times, because of the dunks on “big brained” developers.

I am a naturally-inclined “big brained” developer. Not to blow smoke up my own arse, but I’ve always tended to pick up logical concepts fast. School was a breeze for me for that reason. I can read and understand other people’s complex code, and get my head around systems faster than the average bloke.

The day I learnt about abstractions may have been the most exciting day of my developer journey. You know that galaxy brain meme where the brain gets more and more lit up? That’s me, absolutely frothing on how clever I am coming up with my clever solution to the problem before me1. You know that line in Jurassic Park where Jeff Goldblum talks about how the scientists “were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should?” That could be said about me, and my code, if I don’t check myself.

Of course, I know the Grug brained developer is right. Complexity is the eternal enemy. And the desire to be clever is the enemy within myself, that I battle every day.


  1. It feels so fucking good to be so clever.


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