Anuerin Diaz posted an interesting link to PLUG:
The way to create something beautiful is often to make subtle tweaks to something that already exists, or to combine existing ideas in a slightly new way. This kind of work is hard to convey in a research paper.
Reminds me of open source.
More very interesting stuff in the article.
Incidentally, Paul Graham is a LISP guy. =)Short URL: http://sachachua.com/blog/p/752