On People

In the end, the trouble with people is that they're people. Sounds obvious, but if you like cars, or computers, or ham radios, you'll know exactly what I mean.

When you think like an engineer and you're dealing with machines, life is easy. Machines don't have a mind of their own. You grind the cam, or you write the program, or you tune the amplifier, and it works or it doesn't. If it doesn't work, you regrind the cam, or you debug the program, or you retune the amplifier. After a while, it works, or it doesn't, and you can relax, it's all under control.

But people. The first thing you know, they've decided they want to fill every window in your house with their designs in stained glass. You like stained glass, their work is gorgeous, you want them to succeed in their efforts, but stained glass? When did they start to care about stained glass?

Life is hard, if you have to think like an engineer.

28-Aug-2007