Dave Stagner

Programming is a lot like the Doors of Durin. You and your colleagues spend all day wondering wtf “Speak, friend, and enter” means, then you figure it out and it was totally obvious, everyone has a laugh, and you enter the Mines of Moria.

Then you find out your buddy’s cousin isn’t going to greet you, and instead you’re in a dead legacy ruin and then you have a zillion orcs and also a balrog.

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My father was not a good person or a good parent, but he did say one thing that really stuck with me… “Can’t never did anything”. I say it to myself a lot, and occasionally to other people.

I’ve updated the phrase a little, which in a way is even more critical… “Don’t say can’t when you mean won’t”.

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Dave Stagner

Dave Stagner

Founder, Mixonance. Occasionally funny. Obsessed with Mr Morden's question, "What do you want?"