Out of a mixture of boredom and curiosity I decided to google on my favourite cartoon/anime that I used to watch as a kid in Germany: Saber Riders and the Star Sheriffs. Anyway, search and you shall find, cause I found some episodes on youtube. I’m too lazy to post all the relevant links here (you can search youtube by yourself for them), but I will give you this one video of the Title soundtrack that I never seem to have forgotten (there is a little bit of a German intro in there , but the song is in English).
I remember telling my friends in India, when we had nostalgic conversations of childhood TV favourites, about this anime, but nobody heard of it. How is a kid (or an kid trapped in an adult body) not to like it? It’s got 3 heroes with different specializations placed in a space western theme, plenty of alien enemies, laser weapons, a hot female, a transforming spaceship and every episode ends with a showdown between huge robots.
Now to get that song out of my head.. or not
Until now my blog has been receiving an average of around 20-40 hits per day. The maximum hits I ever got for a single day was 183, if I remember correctly. So, you would my imagine my surprise when I saw this
Best Day Ever: 4,776 — Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My first thought was that this could be some kind of bug. Turns out it isn’t. Looks like all love sick people are ending up on my blog because of the Valentine’s Day Image on my post about XKCD .
Coincidentally, just the other day I was thinking of ways to spread that image/message. I think my Valentine’s Day is made.
… the Software Developers worst nightmare. Logic comes easy to us, but filling in that damn spreadsheet… aargh.
Somehow, documentation is not relational to the amount of code you write. Whether you write 1 line of code or a 100 you still have to fill 6 (or more) documents. And it’s particularly bad in Production Support projects were most of the fixes don’t cross 20 lines. Oh sure, you may think, how difficult is it to fill up a damn spreadsheet? Trust me on this one – it’s a pain. The sheer number of vaguely named columns overwhelms you.
I don’t believe we should get rid of all documentation, cause it is useful (at times). It’s just that so much of documentation is used for capturing effort and other statistics. The same data is collected over and over again in different sheets and then collated into a final sheet which probably will never see daylight again.
I can fuss all I want, but I guess this is the way the IT Industry runs. Whenever you hear that the some company has achieved some industry level standard, rest assured that we Developers have just received another set of Spreadsheets to fill.
PS: I made a conscious effort to call the documents Spreadsheets – not Excelsheets. You should too.