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Wind, Sand and Stars

There was no wind nor stars since it was daytime, but there was lots of sand. We went to Good Harbor Beach (Gloucester - a couple of miles away) which is a nice beach that sometimes gets surf. Today there was some pretty nice surf - not ferocious, and it was fun to swim in. The water wasn't too cold - this was our first time this year and I didn't even complain about it being too cold

Now back to Wind, Sand and Stars, a fine book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that I haven't read in a while. It contains one of my favorite quotes that is so applicable to software designers (do you hear that Microsoft Word designers?).

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

My boss used to write it on my whiteboard frequently. This accompanied my Question Authority bumper sticker that was also on the whiteboard - he wrote Why? underneath it.

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Oddly, when I first saw a "Question Authority" badge, I interpreted as a label rather than a directive; that is, that the wearer was an authority on questions. I was never quite sure if that meant that I could get authoritative answers to any questions I had about questions, or if it just meant that I could get authoritative answers to any question at all.

It wasn't until much later that I realized that it was a directive, of something I was supposed to do.

There was no wind nor stars since it was daytime, but there was lots of sand.

No wind? Hello?

I'm willing to bet there was at least one star as well!

you mean that really big-ass yellow one? disk apparently about the same size as the moon? light bright enough to cast shadows? that one?

we see that one just about every day hereabouts.

poetic license is the explanation....

and we did try unsuccessfully to use the wind to help fold the beach sheet

I have to reread that book; it's been far too long.

Not to disturb the mood, but wasn't Saint-Exupery a bit of a fascist sympathizer? I seem to recall some rather unsavoury stuff about his personality. Not saying that he isn't a good read (I remember a lot of Vol de Nuit). The little prince, however, kind of makes me want to reach for the insulin....
I still love you, boys o' Gloucester :-)

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