Errata for "The Nudist on the Late Shift"
You might also be interested in Kevin's errata as well.
For the record: I am not the nudist. I didn't get to see the article
before it went to print. I am not complaining about anything, just
clarifying. Po's book does an excellent job of capturing the flavor
of what went on.
It's very weird to read about oneself if you're not accustomed to it.
It's also interesting to get a bunch of additional facets of a
story after having had basically only one perspective.
As for the chapter entitled "The Programmers":
I wonder how much hype this book will receive.
So far people have sent me references in
Salon, the Village Voice, SlashDot, Boston Globe.
- I already apologized to Arie. Profusely. We get along fine now.
- It's "SugarloaF" mountain, not "SugarloadD", and it's the
San Carlos airport, not the San Mateo airport. (Yes, these are nits.)
- I realize that John and Steve couldn't rely on this fact, but I
have enough integrity that I never would have considered doing
an end-around and going straight to
- I really didn't have much to do with Freezing Man, though I did
assist a little bit (truck-painting, etc.) -- it was mainly the work
of Mike Wertheim and his circle, including my brother Rus, and Mike's
fiancee (now wife) Karin.
- My cousin Bill is the owner of the huntin' grounds, not a friend
of the owner.
- I think the notion of "egoless programming" is not so much
defined as "deferring to the senior geek", it's deferring to
the best way to do things. That may or may not involve
doing everything the senior geek decrees. I am senior to Jason,
but if he figures out a better solution, I'll never assert, "Well,
we're still doing to do it my way anyway."
- "shoot" my mouth off, not "shout" my mouth off, which, boy,
it sure reads like I pull that a lot. Truly, I don't consider myself
an arrogant jerk; I wish I hadn't said a lot of those things, but
when you're racing to meet some insane deadline, well, things can
get a little tense.
- "Piece of cheese" is a Jasonism, picked up from a college buddy
from some Eastern-European country. Jason tells the story that his
friend was all worked up about his citizenship test, spent days
prepping, immersing himself in Americana and the English language.
When he came home from the test, grinning, Jason asked him how it
went. "Piece of cheese," was the reply.
- This isn't book-errata but book-review-errata: a couple of reviews
have made references to "nerds who cry over Babylon 5 episodes because the
characters have deeper relationships than their jobs have allowed them
to have." Uh, that would be in reference to me, I presume ... but if
you read what Po wrote, I said that I was sad because this one episode,
the finale, brought up feelings of loss. I've had a number of losses.
All my grandparents, most of my great aunts and uncles, my godmother,
friends and co-workers. And some painful break-ups. This doesn't have
anything to do with my job. It doesn't have anything to do with
whether I've had profound relationships. It was simply an evocotive
episode of reasonably well-written TV that struck a chord and made me
- I hope TheGlobe.com guys don't freak after they read the chapter.
Last I heard they were pretty happy.
Last updated 26 Jun 99 by max