"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
Well, that was a first.

* bda gets in a cab, after a long night of trying, and failing, to fix insane SCSI hardware.
<cabbie> Good night!
<bda> Heh, good morning. @cross_streets, please.
<cabbie> But I am going up.
* bda pauses.
<bda> You can't turn around?
<cabbie> Ah, I have a problem where I must be home by 3!
<bda> ...
<cabbie> So I cannot take you down.
<bda> Right. Well. Cheers.
<cabbie> I hate to leave you! But it is my big problem. I must be at my home by 3!
* cabbie mimes knocking on a door.
<bda> Really. No worries.
* bda gets the hell out of this maniac's cab and finds another.

February 7, 2008 3:03 AM