"Everyday life is like programming, I guess,If you love something you can put beauty into it."
Donald E Knuth
The art of Don E. Knuth
"I've never been a good estimator of how long things are going to take," he says.
Coming from someone who's been writing one book on and off for the past quarter-century, this seems a bit of an understatement. But when you consider that most of Knuth's work has been devoted to just that -- figuring out how much time things like computer programs take -- and the statement takes on new (and slightly disingenuous) meanings.
Read a good Salon article.