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Friday
Nov252011

Do Not Want

On the day after Thanksgiving, Becky has this Fourth Friday Challenge for me:

“Anti-Gratitude List, or ‘I cursed the day these things were born/created/developed.’ At least five, please.”

This one is surprisingly hard for me. I don’t follow the code of the hater. In high school, I noticed how much time and energy some people wasted on hating other people or things that they couldn’t change. Doing that wasn’t a personality trait that I had, and I decided that I would stomp it out whenever I noticed it rearing its ugly head. So I’m going to have to go into a brainstorming rant to come up with this list. Let’s start the clock.

  • Willful ignorance / limited rationality / a lack of desire to discover someone else’s perspective.
  • Not running the damn tests.
  • Not reverting out changes that break the build.
  • Committing new code to the repository when the build is already broken.
  • People who don’t understand how a four-way stop works.
  • Things that sound all-natural but whose ingredient lists make it clear they’re not.
  • The belief that businesses exist solely to maximize profits.
  • That bananas go from being tasty to being not-so-tasty but still edible in such a short period of time.
  • The myth of effective multitasking.

That’s what came out in the first five minutes. There was more there than I thought, and there’s probably still more yet if I want to keep digging. I realize now that because this sort of thing is not normal for me is exactly why Becky asked me about it. Well played, Becky. Well played.

Reader Comments (2)

That's RIGHT, baby! Check and mate.

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Having that Anti-Gratitute List is so awkward. Well, I guess that's truly a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKurt Whitner

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