Ben, where is this magical place where baby hedgehogs run around in the streets?
Like all forwarded email, it’s kind of tough to determine the precise origin, but the location appears to be outside a solicitors office on Watergate Street, in the City of Chester, of the United Kingdom.
I don’t operate a “cute” tumblr, but the following arrived as an email-forward from my mom, and it felt like it belonged here. (This is not the first time I’ve “reblogged” an email from my mom.)
Hello to all you automobile drivers everywhere
I have come here to tell you to be so very careful when you are driving
Because this is the time of year when I am just learning to walk
So please don’t run me over
Just look how sweet I am
is it fair to say
I am due
a hermit day?
I sympathize with developers. I’ve been involved in a number of major meetings with customers recently—requirements reviews, design reviews, and the like. There are typically two major portions of such meetings. There is the part during which the software engineers review the architecture, the technology stack, the performance issues, and all those very important, but rather boring, technical elements of the project. This is the part during which some people understand to some degree and others don’t. There is a need for coffee. Then there’s my part.
I get to show the part that everyone can identify with. Sure, they care about the architecture, but they get excited about the user interface. Everyone is engaged. Everyone has questions and suggestions. Any big misunderstandings on my part, or miscommunications on their part, come to light. Discussions and debates ensue. There is the euphoria of getting something right, and the disappointment of missing the mark. Sometimes there is a little embarrassment, but more often satisfaction. In any case, there is real engagement at an emotional, as well as intellectual, level by almost everyone in the room.
That’s not to say that the developers don’t enjoy their part or derive satisfaction from it. But, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m the lucky one. I get to do the fun part.
Thanks a lot, Tumblr. This is why I use Wordpress! *shakes fist*
This is why I compose long pieces of text in a file on my computer, and then paste it into a web form. *wags finger*
For that reason, it is important that we fight over a clump of cells. As long as the debate hinges on that, we collectively keep our respect for human life on a higher level than we realize.
Except, in practice, we fight over a clump of cells, and ignore the human lives.