I'm behind the times, I know, but I just found Dabblers and Blowhards by Maciej Cegłowski and I find it an acceptable piece of text. This essay, a response to Paul Graham's "Hackers and Painters", is the source of many unique quotes such as, "In his essays he tends to flit from metaphor to metaphor like a butterfly, never pausing long enough to for a suspicious reader to catch up with his chloroform jar," or his definition of:
- Painters apply colored goo to cloth using animal hairs tied to a stick.
which you may object to, until you realize it exactly matches his description of:
- Computer programmers cause a machine to perform a sequence of transformations on electronically stored data.
Some thumbs up.