Isn’t the name derivitive?

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/09

Here’s an answer to a question that will be asked as circulation for this blog picks up — it will come from someone who knows just enough to be dangerous and sound something like this — “Isn’t too derivative?”

Well, yeah — no shit Sherlock (NSS) — it’s derivative.

The question is not whether it’s derivative — instead, we should be asking — “Is anything not derivative?”

As St. Bono says —

Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief; All kill their inspiration and sing about the grief.

If we can all agree that “every poet is a thief”, then we’ve also got to admit that every tech project is as well. To take it a bit further, there is no piece of transferable information, be it code sample, industry experience anecdote, or story, for that matter, that is not derivative of something somewhere sometime.

We all stand on the shoulders of giants.

So then, what’s in the name? Here’s the nutshell…

I live in Seattle, where the “I critique therefore I am” culture is alive and well. I am just as susceptible to it as the next person – it’s this rant, both for and against technology, that colors every part of my existence — these things that enhance our lives and drain them simultaneously. says everything about my love/hate relationship with the world I inhabit, the tools I use, and the tools that are used on me. It captures that Quixote feeling I get as I navigate this landscape.

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  1. I am searhing for blog sites that deal with entrepreneurship/small business development.

    Comment by Harry Wells — January 3, 2007 #

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