"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Hardcore hermit crabs

Couldn't remember what the hell sea animal is that switches shells when it outgrows its current one, or finds a pretty one with better plumbing and hardwood floors.

Engler, of course, knew it was the hermit crab. A quick google search confirmed it, I got the stupid analogy I needed for this latest iteration of system, and I discovered a few amusing facts.

The foremost of these is that when a more aggressive crab comes across another, occupied shell it wants, they fight for it.

Not sure why this wouldn't have occurred to me otherwise, but dude.


February 21, 2004 5:26 PM