August 3rd, 2010

Dream of Bingo

Talk It Out

It's weird to me just how much better my brain works when I have engaged the language centers by speaking out loud about a problem -- even to nobody at all -- than it is just thinking silently about it.

At the end of the work day today, I was stuck on how to write some code, so I started talking it over on the drive home, and sure enough, very quickly I realized that the input and output portions were almost, but not quite parallel in structure, and that a simple transform to reflect that change was all I needed to solve my problem.

What's weird is that my thinking doesn't feel any different whether or not I'm speaking aloud, but I clearly arrive at solutions faster when I do.