Even the Tooth Fairy Is Too Busy
By Tor Norbye on Mar 28, 2005
My daughter was pretty disappointed this morning. She lost her front tooth, and put it in a glass by her bed last night. And this morning, the tooth fairy had apparently not stopped by - or perhaps she did, but after taking a look at the tooth decided she didn't want to trade.
The last couple of weeks have been really busy. On the home front, all three of my kids have been sick, which with all the implied sleepless nights has really taken its toll on me. But we've had fun too - on Sunday my youngest son took an unintentional swim in the Vaillancourt Fountain in San Francisco. Luckily there was a clothing store nearby so he didn't have to take the train home in soaking wet cloathes!
The main reason I've been busy however is work. Those of you using Creator today will be very happy to see the fruits of our labor in the next version.
This is my favorite part of the development process. Yes, you have more freedom in earlier stages too take all kinds of input and plan to do everyhing. Yes. Yes. Yes. And a pony too? Sure, no problem.
However, my favorite part is later in the cycle. All the major systems are getting done, they're getting integrated, they're working, and it's really exciting to see hard work paying off. And especially to actually start playing with what will be the end product.
My favorite quote from the Creator team is "It's all uphill from here!". I only vaguely remember the context, but I know it was Joe who said it, so perhaps he can blog about it. Anyway, the beauty of the quote was that it was said eloquently and in context such that it meant exactly the opposite of what it sounds like. But I think it's that inflection point in development I like best - acceleration. Or maybe even the Big Bang metaphor. We've had a couple of big bangs lately, with different people integrating big changes simultaneously, and seeing it all work together is inspiring.
I'm working from my garage office, but I have a baby monitor so I can hear the kids in the house. And they sound asleep. I'd better go play the Tooth Fairy. I told my daughter this morning the fairy is probably busy and can't stop by every house every night. But I'd better take care of it tonight. After all, if she's not writing software, how busy could she be?