Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Friday Night Codefest

Google claims that Mark Twain advised "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow," which brings us to today's stuff that engineers like: the Friday night codefest.

The Codefest is a time-honored semi-semesterly tradition where lack of sleep, delivered food, and a deadline combine to create what is generously labeled "the project." Architectures, flow charts, and APIs be damned, this is about results and partial credit.

Half of procrastination is borne out of necessity; managers, professors, and TAs never quite know what they want, always changing their minds at the last minute, but the other half is just the modus operandi of engineers who knew they'd have
  1. [almost] nothing better to do and
  2. an upcoming deadline
not to mention, it doubles as an excuse for not going out with socially-active acquaintances.

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