“Good judgement comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgement.”

A couple of years ago I was working on an (NLP aided) Information Retrieval system, for my PhD. It was somehow a prototype, with lots of wild modules merged. Now if I try to look back, I can see lots of mistakes in that system.

Yesterday I met up with Yenory, a PhD colleage who still works on developing that system. Better said, now she works on a quite better version, rewritten in C++ with STL. The old system is now called “Franky” (short for Frankenstein), how funny!

When we started 4 years ago, we had no idea of what path was the correct one. Now she is on the good path, thanks to the experience of making mistakes. But I warned her: maybe the current system will become another Franky in the future :-P Life’s law!