Erik Naggum, R.I.P

I didn’t know Erik, but after reading his critique of XML and one of his emails, I’m sure I would’ve liked to.

if you know what other people should have done in the past, you never have any clue what you or anyone else ought to do in the future, and if you are concerned with what you yourself ought to do in the future, you generally leave other people alone to figure out what they ought to do in the future, too.
people who partition the world population into “the good” and “the bad” always make the mistake of believing that they fall into the “the good” partition.
I keep telling people that you only really grow up and become a human being (as opposed to a mere animal) when you realize that most of what you think and almost all you feel is wrong.

Update: More by Erik Naggum.