Daily Archives: November 30, 2012

Straight & Simple

Somewhere I read about a meeting of a group of software designers. They were using typical technical jargon to discuss a data exchange interface with a vendor.

One engineer said the programming that had been ordered was delayed because the vendor was suffering from a “severe nonlinear waterfowl issue.”

Curious, the team leader raised his eyebrows and asked, “What exactly is a severe nonlinear waterfowl issue?”

The engineer replied, “They don’t have all their ducks in a row.”

We live in a time when some people get a real thrill out of making the simple complicated. Life would be so much easier and fulfilling if we would learn to keep things straight and simple. I sometimes think of how simple life was when I was a child.  As a child I didn’t make up big explanations about my actions. I used simple words to explain what I was doing or what I wanted. Let’s try to just keep life straight and simple. It would make life so much better.

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