Side Projects

August 21, 2016

At times, people look at me with bizarre bewilderment when I say that I had a great time hacking a side project on a weekend. For someone not in the creative world, doing something that is done for their day job without getting paid seems like a crazy idea. Paul Graham, in his now famous essay, Hackers and Painters talks about how hackers, like painters and composers, are “makers”. Most “makers”, unlike administrators attain perfection by performing gradual refinement of their work. Just as a composer composing a melody draws joy by changing a few notes to make the melody better, hackers derive happiness by building hardware/software that simplifies human life. Perhaps, it is this joy of building something useful, that motivates hackers to hack a solution, even if it means doing this in their “own time.