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How to Do Things Right by Lawrence Rust Hills
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Mar 15, 2012

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bookshelves: humor, non-fiction, year-round

I once worked with a group of software engineers who were so fussy, they would wall off their office windows with silver foil. This is the book I turned to as I tried to 'be one' with my co-workers. It didn't make my office group more lovable, but it did make me laugh enough to appreciate their, uhm, fussiness.

This book was published in the early 1970s, so there are chapters on ashtrays, smoking, drinking, and fixing those old TV sets. Still, it's a good laugh. My favorite was the Dyscohesion of Companionable Groups. This is the syndrome where children become upset (like software engineers) when they end up sitting next to or riding with people that aren't fun. This is explained as one of LIFE'S CRUEL TRUTHS. The fun people are never next to you.

And that's how I handled my engineer team.

Book Season = Year Round (when the geeks read)
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