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Thursday June 03, 2004
02:21 PM

"You need a bear"... (Overheard in #svn)

[ #19076 ]

<rbb_laptop> nevermind, I think I just found my problem.
<rbb_laptop> Grr, I've been staring at it for 30 minutes, and it hits me as soon as I post a question. :-(
<fitz> you need a bear.
<fitz> I used to have a stuffed bear in the office
<fitz> and before bugging another engineer,
<fitz> you had to "tell it to the bear"
<fitz> that is, describe your problem to the bear in detail
<fitz> 75% of the time, you figured it out while talking to the bear. :-)
<fitz> it really is amazing.
<offby1> that's one smart bear.

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  • My boss and I used to walk into each other's office saying "I need a brick wall to talk to" with the same meaning. (Sometimes, the person listening would ask a question that directed the person with the problem into the right frame of mind. But usually, just having a listener capable of noticing when you glossed over issues was sufficient to force you to make sure you challenged all your own assumptions as you stated them - i.e. the problem would have been solved [most of the time] if the question had bee
  • Pragmatic Programmer suggests the same sort of things, but s/bear/duck/, specifically rubber.

    my duck []: So far, so good.