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Why I almost certainly will not be your guru.  Well, not for less than megabucks, anyway.
Thus, I started my search for Master Foo, who will accept me as disciple. A master whom I can look at, follow, walk with, see through and ultimately become a master myself. A master in front of whom I...
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One of my best friends, Martin Friedmann, was a hacker par excellence.  (Even at MIT he stood head and shoulders above 99% of his peers.)

I used to sit quietly beside him as he coded and just watch.  Occasionally, if I thought it wouldn't break his concentration I might ask something.  Occasionally, he would do the courtesy of mumbling a rationale or commentary on what he was doing.

Per your post, it was totally "experiential."  I feel strange saying this, but in many ways what was imparted would have been hard to articulate in words...  and even if possible, it certainly would have been much slower.  So much of it was "craft" - the order he went about things, etc.

Anyway, nice post.
By following your online moves - github, blog, tweets - aspiring person would be able to follow your path (willn't equate real-world socializing though) - scalable way to discipling.
Can't say that I've ever thought much about that sort of problem but I guess, it makes sense you'd have it often enough to post about it... still kinda sad someone would expect that much bandwidth from you though :-/.

When a friend introduced me to The Unix and Internet Fundamentals HOWTO around '05, my life was forever altered but I set out on my own. Few people in life have ever taught me jack shit directly about anything, so I never gave mind to seeking out a master to teach me - just how to learn well and try to study the work of those wiser in the craft.
That's the thing about Open Source, though. The entire Internet can be your mentor.
I'm far more affordable than Eric, I'll be your guru for $100K.
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