Paper doesn’t abort

My daughter asked me recently what I thought about a Rube Goldberg machine she sketched for a school project. I immediately thought about how difficult it would be to implement parts of her design. I asked her if she really had to build it or just had to sketch it. When she said she didn’t really have to build it, I told her it was great.

I thought of a friend’s comment about designing code versus actually writing code: “I’ve never seen a piece of paper abort.” The hard part about writing software is that people can tell when you’re wrong.

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