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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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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 been posed instead to a brick wall.)

    The conversations would often have an attention deficit quality - "this could never happen because of that, which *only depends on... oh yeah that's it, bye". The listener might not have the faintest idea of what the problem even was much less the solution, but it was stil solved.