June 16, 2006

One of the many reasons I love where I work

Whenever people in my office are staying home sick, they are supposed to send an email to the department mail list explaining that they will be out of the office. Just after I started working here about six years ago, someone came up with the extra stipulation that you had your write your reason for being out as a haiku. This leads to highly entertaining and creative emails and sometimes generates a good deal of email discussion amongst developers on whether or not the haiku submitted meets proper haiku form. My favorite haiku has to be one sent today, when Tom, also the developer on my current project, sent this:
1 0 0 1 0
1 1 0 1 1 0 1
1 0 1 1 2?


PS - I can be reached at home or by email
which garnered this response from Dan:
Ooo, sorry, but zero officially has two syllables, however if you say it really fast, the haiku works...
and the continued conversation throughout the morning:
But what does the zero represent? A one syllable mystery...

"Nothing" is also two syllables ...
Maybe it should be read:
True False False True False.....
but what is that 2 doing there ?
My bad... perhaps it was meant to be read as 'oh'. The '2' is where the haiku throws a NumberFormatException and Windows blue-screens...
Maybe it's a FLAG to indicate EOF (or 9999 in the olden days)?


How many teams do you think can have that much fun with out-of-the-office notifications?