August 4, 2008 at 1:07 PMEvery software project has one - a bug. Ours was a literal one, and about 3 inches long.
This particular bug fell out of the "woodworks" (the air conditioning vents from above) and onto someone's laptop in a conference room full of people (about 40 or so) in the middle of a conference call. The owner of said laptop froze in terror, let out a little squeal, and backed away very quickly. This got every one's attention. The project manager, doing his duty to keep things under control, took it upon himself to chase down this critter and isolate it. By that time, all the camera's were out to document the "EVENT" for our "Lessons Learned". However, the "documentation" allowed for the bug to escape and run rapid across the conference room table until he was isolated once again.
The bug was later returned to the wild from whence it came. No cockroaches were harmed during this blog.
What does this have to do with music? Absolutely nothing! But it makes a good story.
PS - There is a music related theme afterall. Some team favorites while working on this project have been “Bolero”, “Rubber Ducky”, “Squirrels”, and “Jackie Chan” from INSIDEOUT A Cappella.
Not quite classical, but definitely entertaining!
I had many similar experiences when I worked in the lab in graduate school. The cockroaches came out of the walls at night and indulged their craving fir sweets by getting into sucrose solutions. The more concentrated the sucrose solution was, the more cockroaches it attracted. At least they died happy. We also occasionally found a bat clinging to one of the walls in the highway, apparently sleeping peaceful during the day.
I won't go into this in detail because some of you might be squeamish. Occasionally a mouse escaped from its cage and ran down the hall, or a rat tried to escape when he knew he was going to be killed.
Such is the path of experimental science.
On a more somber note, I used to work in an old, rundown, government office building which was really unfit for human habitation in many ways. One morning, one of my colleagues came into her office and found a ceiling tile on her desk chair. She was very happy that she hadn't been at her desk when the tile fell.
For a long time my two felines were enthusiastic with their buggy hunting duties, but during the last year or so, their interest in chasing around disgusting over sized roaches has lost any allure it once had.
I don't "catch and release". I squish.
Thanks for sharing! (Insert smiley face here).
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