January 23, 2003

Follow ups

No matter how many times I read it, I’m never prepared for the volatility of the reactions people have to pair programming. The ones born of experience (like Chiara’s) seem akin to the aftermath of a bad relationship: you can’t imagine how anyone else could be in a successful relationship with that jerk. And then you find out that jerk is seeing someone else and they’re perfectly happy and you find yourself humming Ani’s Untouchable Face morning, noon and night through gritted teeth. The thing is: the match just didn’t work between you two. Maybe you got into it for bad reasons – implementing XP and pair programming to exert more control over programmers is like getting married to keep a relationship together. But that doesn’t mean it can’t work for someone else. So let it go and have fun doing what you’re doing. (You also wonder: if that relationship was so bad, why did I stay? But that gets into a big ugly mess, best not to go there.)

Two: Economic Inequality Grew in 90's Boom, Fed Reports - Oh, yeah, you know all that wealth created in the 1990s. That went to rich people too. Hey, I've got an idea! Let's give them another tax break! (Yes, I'm being unfair.)

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