I absolutely love this blog post: What's wrong with CS research.
I'm a wannabe language designer. I've written three articles on Haskell, but I adore Python. I've been thinking of going back to get my Ph.D so that I can try to move the industry forward. I could never figure out why programming language research had to be so dang complex or mathematized.
A lot of his points matched the points I made in one of my articles, Everything Your Professor Failed to Tell You About Functional Programming, especially in the "What's Up with All the Math?" section.
I'm so glad that I read this post! I feel like I've been set straight. Now I know that hanging out with Guido is probably more useful than trying to understand all those crazy research papers ;)