Tag: quote

Summertime in Saratoga


The windows are open, it’s bike riding weather,  and we’re in that sweet spot after graduation but before the Thoroughbreds start running.

A nice time and place to have a drink and watch the world go by, for sure.

To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the center of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world—impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. The spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito.

Charles Baudelaire, describing this very moment, as far as I can tell.

Heinlein on The Work

I believe in the honest craft of workmen. Take a look around you. There never were enough bosses to check up on all that work. From Independence Hall to the Grand Coulee Dam, these things were built level and square by craftsmen who were honest in their bones.

Robert A. Heinlein, from Edward R. Murrow’s “This I Believe”

Full text here.

Quality is a Feature

My concern is that the absence of Quality Assurance is the absence of a champion for aspects of software development that everyone agrees are important, but often no one is willing to own.

I’ve spent a career surrounded by well intentioned humans who believed that it was QA’s job to file bugs, and the fact is that quality is a feature, so like it or not, everyone is in the QA department.

From the consistently excellent Rands in Repose.