Discord update messages are the best update messages…
We’ve been cooking up a new noise suppression feature for all you keyboard slammers, parrot owners, and people who have neighbors that think every day is a good day to mow the lawn.
Startups are really incremental rewrite machines
And you can either choose to take a path that leads you to needing to do a wholesale re-write at some point in the future, which to be fair is a choice that when made purposefully can be the right choice, right? Sometimes you just need to build something out, accumulate a bunch of tech debt and then three, four years from now when your company is still alive because you did that, you can re-write it.
But the better path is sort of write your code today, such that you can make choices that are sub-optimal in sub-sections of your application so that you can delete those sub-sections instead of needing to delete those sub-sections and the spider web of dependencies in which they touch, right?
PF Well, ok, it’s Friday morning and due to circumstances outside of our control, related to the pandemic, I need to change [music fades out] our product road map significantly. By Wednesday. I need to take…
RZ By Wednesday?!?
PF …everything we’ve been building. Yeah, we gotta make–we have to put a bunch of alerts in and then change the way the service works fundamentally and also there needs to be a streaming video. I think we actually have to commission like a puppet show. I–I’m losing it, man!
RZ Slow down. You need a plan by Wednesday?
PF No, no, I have to launch a product by Wednesday. I said it was impossible and they were like, “I guess if it’s impossible, you should still find a way to do it.” That’s what they told me.
RZ Oh, boy. Ok.
PF Yeah, I just said, “Ok,” and then I went and I looked at the wall for a while. And that’s why I’m calling you cuz you seem to be pretty good in situations like this.
I think about this song often these days.
Obviously I included it on my last record. (Aside: my last record was seven years ago. Sigh.) (Second aside: God, I love Paul Averitt’s vocals on this track. He was absolutely perfect for it.) This song is awash with nostalgia for me. I first heard it in White Water Summer, a movie I watched on broadcast television not long after its theatrical release. I can’t remember much about the movie–I want to watch it again, but not tonight–except that it features this song. I think I already knew about Cutting Crew from their hit signals from the Broadcast record–namely (I Just) Died in Your Arms and I’ve Been in Love Before. But Life in a Dangerous Time has always been my favorite song on the record, and the one that seems to have best withstood the test of time. Here’s the original:
It must’ve been lonely
It must’ve been cold
It must’ve been something