Thursday, August 21, 2008

More on Split Personalities

When I wrote about DjangoCon the other day, I mentioned PyCon, so I linked to a post I made a few months ago about an email conversation Wiley and I had while he was in Chicago at PyCon this past spring.

In those emails were questions about confidence, doubt, and our ability, as rookies, to build real live production quality websites.

I wrote about the emails, in part, because they reminded me of my theory that we all have both a level of genius capable of creating The Office and a level of ineptitude that could serve as the inspiration for one of its characters. We are all simultaneously Ricky Gervais and David Brent.

A couple of days ago, I watched this video, an animation set to an interview with John Lennon. In 1969, a 14 year old named Jerry Levitan snuck a tape recorder into John's hotel room and convinced John to talk on the record about peace. Apparently John saw a fascinating duality in people too.

We're all Hitler inside. We're all Christ inside.

Makes me want to read Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Thank you Garry, founder of Posterous, for the introduction to the video. And thank you Jerry Levitan for getting John on tape.