Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Visits (1986)
For some reason, I have a long history of leaving things vulnerable at the rear of whatever vehicle I'm driving. Years ago, I was hauling a drumset home from a performance in the rear of a friends pickup truck when I gazed in the rearview mirror and saw the bass drum rolling down the interstate highway, cars dodging this way and that frantic to avoid the percussion projectile. I remember thinking, "where's a good bumper when you really need one?"
Back when I edited the developerWorks newsletters, now so ably piloted by John Swanson, I used to try to draw some weak parallel between these personal reflections and technology, like saying that the lesson here is that it's OK to be a little late getting on the road with a leading edge technology as long as you can at least catch the rear edge of it as it goes by. But I won't go there.