March 26, 2002

Monday, Monday, so good to me

One thing I've noticed about traffic to this diary: barring other factors, like my
working on the template and checking it every two minutes, traffic here peaks
toward the beginning of the workweek. I don't know if my readers like Monday or
hate it, but they do like to read diaries then.

I'm reading a book on
software processes for a class I'll be taking (at work) and I noticed something
odd; I actually recognized lots of the names in the reference bibliography at the
end of each chapter. That doesn't happen in any other field except maybe women's
studies, and in that case it's largely because the professor of the one class I
took gave us several of the seminal works in the field to read. I've even met at
least one of these authors. (He didn't like me, I don't think; my questions were
insufficiently adulatory.)

I will admit, though, that the only
referenced book that I've actually read all the way through is Zen and the Art
of Motorcycle Maintenance
, which seems a peculiarly apt work to quote in a
book that lays forth a process meant to improve quality. Maybe I ought to reread
it; I have a hunch it may be one of those that is profound when read at 18 and
annoying at nearly twice that age, but maybe I'm wrong. The other possibility is
that it's one of those that has different levels to offer to different readers.
The only thing I'm sure of is that I won't be reading the same book now that I did
in 1985.

Of, and I got to drive the new car in today. Driving it, I hardly ever stopped to
think that I was in a different and unfamiliar vehicle, so Honda does make good on
their boast that "everything is in exactly the right place". And I do like
the moonroof.

Posted by dichroic at March 26, 2002 04:59 PM
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