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Posted on March 26, 2006 8:40 AM in Blathery
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While blogging about the FireBug extension for Firefox last week, Blake Ross said:

I have to admit, though, that I'm a little disappointed to give up debug alerts. They're often the most creative and spontaneous part of programming, because rather than something logical like alert("reached"), my fingers always dish out random scraps of subconscious like alert("fried eggs").

I couldn't agree more with Blake's sentiments. I've found the same holds true for me on many accounts. For instance, I very rarely utilize Lorem Ipsum when mocking up a website design, opting instead to free associate via the keyboard to get large chunks of text. Because my mind is so bizarre, it often leads to very interesting things. Much more interesting than "reached," for sure.

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Rami Kayyali on March 26, 2006 at 10:05 AM:

Wait till it grows into an obsession. Ever had that feeling where scratch your head, your so completely in the flow, your colleague is taking a long bizzare look at you trying to figure out just what the hell is wrong with you, and all you have to say is:

"I can't understand how jimmy the wabbit came before endangered office supplements!! Listen, is there a unit test for this somewhere?"

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Bernie Zimmermann on March 26, 2006 at 10:20 AM:

What would be really cool is if everyone who decided to comment on this post free associated for a bit ;)

Every time the bird flies through motionless water I wonder how the darn devil ruled the planet for so long. Has anyone tied their bell to a shoestring that doesn't have any concept of left, right, down or sideways? Better luck next time, shufflehead.

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