December 13, 2004

Traffic is on the rise…

Thanks to the mentions by Harry Pierson, my traffic has been soaring over the past few days. Nice to see so many people come by, though I wish more of them would stay and read.

Of course, the content of any blog is what keeps the audience. I realize that my content is sometimes a little out in left field for the audience seeking guidance on architecture or insight into how Microsoft is going to approach the architect audience. However, I do like to believe that there is some other redeeming value found here.

Thanks for someone commenting on my Scotch Whisky entry. I remember when I first started drinking whisky — and I was of legal age — and thinking that it was not the “easiest” to drink beverage. That was with a blended Scotch as well, something far more palatable to many than a single malt. With time, and a wee bit of trial, I learned how to appreciate whisky in much the same way I learned how to appreciate wine. It takes time for the tongue to learn to distinguish amongst all the flavors and to realize that the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts. Drinking, or eating, is really a sequence of compose/decompose exercises on the tongue. We enjoy the whole, then seek out the individual elements, then bring them all back together again.

Sounds like programming as well, the compose/decompose cycle. Perhaps that is why I have found some of my best programmer friends also have the best wine palates.

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