If snow falls in a forest…

There is an age old question: “If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound.”  This morning it was snowing when I left the house, and it certainly didn’t make a sound.  Coupled with the cold weather, it reminded me of living in the upper Midwest (though thankfully I’m not there, my former homes are well in the negatives today).  The main problem though was that I didn’t know it was snowing, which then of course gave me less opportunity to correct my departure time, knowing that there would be delays on the roads, either caused by over-cautious drivers or various municipal snow equipment.  It struck me as a bit of a metaphor.

DDA’s programmers are a quiet bunch.  We spend our days glued to the computer screen scanning over our secret languages doing our best to provide DDA with the vital services that would leave every website rather useless without them.  When we begin a project, it is like going to bed the evening before a snow storm.  There’s no thunder, no lightning, just a quiet accumulation.  You wake up in the morning with a blanket covering all that you can see.  Programming isn’t just a small piece of what we do, it’s everywhere, and you wouldn’t even know it until it’s all up and running, looking like some sort of natural beauty.  Now don’t get me wrong, just like the snow, we cause a lot of accidents, regardless of caution, it’s just the way things are, sometimes you just don’t see that icy patch coming.  The best we can do there is plan ahead and have the salt and cinder trucks out as soon as we can.  In any case, the worst thing we can do is drive fast.  On snow-covered roads, the best approach is to drive at a reasonable speed and keep an eye out for stuff that could cause problems.  Driving fast to make up time will, more often than not, cause the problems we all seek to avoid.