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20090126

Bake me a cake theory

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Maybe someone has already discussed this before or elsewhere, but I was sitting here pondering a request from a user and I go to thinking to myself. How come people can't just monitor the system? How come they want the system to monitor itself (which will inevitably fail) and then notify them (making them feel that they don't need to bother with the system at all until it notifies them...

Thus, the "Bake me a cake theory": It is this, once upon a time, we had fire, and then sometime later someone invented the stove, and someone invented a cake, and in order to cook that cake you had to have the stove a certain temperature: too hot and the outside would be black and the inside still uncooked, too cold and it would take forever to cook the cake, it wouldn't form a nice caramel crust, and it would be very dry. So someone decided, "Lets create a temperature thingy to tell us when the stove is at the right temperature" --and it was done. Next dilemma, how do I know when my cake is done, I cook it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, but I don't want to be looking at my clock for 30 minutes counting down the seconds, "why doesn't someone make me a timer so that when 30 minutes is up it will ring, letting me know that my cake is done" --and it was done. "How about a timer, that once it goes off, maybe I'm in the bathroom and don't hear it, so make it continue to ring until I can go turn it off so my cake doesn't burn" (Because I'm too busy to watch the cake cook, I'm too busy to watch my clock to count the minutes, and I'm too busy to be bothered by my timer if I am doing other things) --and it was done. So, now, I can set my temperature, I can set my minutes, but yet, I still have to poke my cake with a toothpick to see if it is done. Why can't someone.... Wait. Why can't you just enjoy the process of cooking the cake, if you didn't want to cook it, then you should have just gone to the store to buy one instead of making people invent things to make your life easier because you're too busy to cook!!

How come I can't just say that to the users? Why don't you just monitor your system? How come we are all so busy now that we need all these tools to do everything for us. Reminds me of the movie WALL-E (from IMDB: "Obese and largely unable to move on their own, they are carted around the Axiom in hover chairs with video screens that allow them to communicate with one another and see a variety of advertisements for drinkable food products").

Not sure what this has to do with baking a cake, but when someone invents the oven that sticks the toothpick in and automatically takes my cake out of the oven.... wait, when someone invents the oven that preheats itself, that cracks the eggs, adds the water and oil, mixes the batter, pours it in the pan, that puts the pan in the oven, cooks it for the right amount of time, pokes it with the toothpick, takes it out of the oven, cools it just so, then cuts it up and shoves it in my mouth.... yes, when someone invents that, then we will finally have an oven worth talking about (but my mouth will be full of cake, so don't bother me)...

--Oh yeah, and stop bothering me with enhancements to the system so that it will do your job for you, If I could get it to be that good, I already would have done so, and you would be out of a job... Be grateful that you can put the toothpick in your cake and decide for yourself when it is done.

Thanks :)

i like this post! it was a good read, bro.
That was too funny! I really liked the comparison with a cake. But come on smarty pants, enhance those systems! Love ya, big Bro
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