inessential by Brent Simmons


Jean-Paul Sartre: "Hell is other people."

Me: "Hell is other people's servers."

One of the servers we rely on is run by someone else -- and suddenly last night it started behaving very badly. Nuts.

Update: Problem solved. Our systems improve as a result. Instant evolution.

I'm reading Strange Pilgrims, a collection of stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The stories are about Latin Americans in Europe.

In "The Saint," the main characters visit the Villa Borghese zoo to see the lion:

"He seemed to roar at all of us without distinction, yet the keeper knew right away that he roared only for Margarito. It was true: Wherever he moved the lion moved, and as soon was he was out of sight the lion stopped roaring."