Have you ever reached the pinnacle of the programmers peak when working on a piece of code while drunk? Have you ever thought: now that's a brilliant piece of code, what the hell did I do last night? From time to time, all programmers will eventually experience the peak. Its called the "Ballmer Peak". Its the moment that your a few beers in with the Blood Alcohol level of .13%-.14% where you just start to write the magical code.
Its the theory that computer programmers can obtain a superhuman coding ability with the blood alcohol level between .129% and .138%. It was discovered with Steve Ballmer and coined at the web comic XKCD. The theory came about referencing Steve Ballmer and his crazy acting pretty much what looks like a drunk when ever he is on stage. The theory though is more than what meets the eye. It might actually be somewhat correct in assumption. Have you ever had those nights where you just hacking away at code while having a few beers and you wrote brilliantly? Only to wake up the next morning not able to compile the code you wrote! I have been there many a times and put this theory to the test.
Point of concern that throws this whole theory out the window is that Steve Ballmer never wrote any production code while at Microsoft. He has a background in business and is known for being able to solve difficult math calculations mentally, but not code.
This is one of those theories I don't mind trying over and over again. Someone needs to take the initiative and insert it into Wikipedia.
Programmer's Paradox, which is the lag in creativity behind skill on the inebriation scale.
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