Saturday, May 19, 2007

Who Do You Think Created The Chaos? :-)

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Let's have a little fun this morning. No matter how many times I hear this, it still cracks me up.

A physician, a civil engineer, and a computer scientist were arguing about what was the oldest profession in the world. The physician remarked, "Well, in the Bible, it says that God created Eve from a rib taken out of Adam. This clearly required surgery, and so I can rightly claim that mine is the oldest profession in the world." The civil engineer interrupted, and said, "But even earlier in the book of Genesis, it states that God created the order of the heavens and the earth from out of the chaos. This was the first and certainly the most spectacular application of civil engineering. Therefore, fair doctor, you are wrong: mine is the oldest profession in the world." The computer scientist leaned back in her chair, smiled, and then said confidently, "Ah, but who do you think created the chaos?"
As is almost always the case, this tickles our funny bone because there's at least a shred of truth in it. Hmmm... Who's job is it to navigate into clear waters and circumvent the creation of chaos? ( hint)

By the way, I stumbled into this today as I scanned through Booch's recent release of the 3rd Edition of "Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications" and compared it to my dusty copy of the 14 year old 2nd Edition. More on that another day.

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