My professional mask is located on LinkedIn: jcwill23
The following is a list of my own quotes. I may have picked these up from someone along the way, but I think these are mine. A colleague of mine once called these ‘Craig-isms’. Whatever that is worth. If you know me, you’ve probably heard these more than once.
“Copy-Paste is the work of the Devil”
I used to work with engineers that would take a block of code, 10 or 50 or 100 lines of Fortran with values unique
tag_a = some code(1) + another_tag_a * blah blah blah
something_else(1) = tag_a + some_more_code
and_another_tag_a_kks = some_function(something_else(1))
sprinkled throughout that code and in the first paste version change all _a to _b (but not with Find and Replace, that is both too easy and also prone to mistakes) and change (1) to (2). Pasted again, the _a (1)‘s would be changed to _c (3)‘s and so on. There would often be missed changes, because all of this was done manually.
We spent a bit of our time finding and fixing those copy/paste errors left behind by the previous engineers. We didn’t know any better, but some of use learned.
Copy-Paste saves time. Until it doesn’t.
More to follow as I realize I am quoting myself.
“We will never have WORLD PEACE”
I was actually in Sweden when I realized world peace would never happen.
I was watching a hockey game and realized the clock was moving in the ‘wrong’ direction. I then realized that it wasn’t ‘wrong’, just different than Canadian/US hockey that I am used to.
Further I realized that SOMEONE had to be first but SOMEONE ELSE decided it was better the other way and then wars happen.
Don’t get me started on toilet paper rolls.