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Patch Notes

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2015 at 10:23 pm

At the risk of starting off my first blog post in…a really long time, with TMI: I’ve been fighting a kidney stone. At the age of 36, this is already my second. It hurts like crazy and is incredibly frustrating because the pain can be fine for days, then suddenly come out of absolutely nowhere.

One of the things that makes it the most frustrating is that it seems entirely unnecessary. While diseases are frustrating, maladies like kidney stones, cancer, and other malfunctions of the human body seem like the result of just poor design. I made the comment to my wife the other day that I really wanted to talk to God about why this particular bug slipped through product development. It seems like a pretty common affliction representing a major oversight of what should be a fairly simple issue to address.

daVinci's Vitruvian Man

This idea wasn’t entirely original of course. A frequent /r/AskReddit question goes something like “If you had to bug fix humans, what would you put in the patch notes?“. So, my first published blog post in (ok…I’ll look it up…skipping over the 4 unpublished drafts…) 1 year, 11 months, and 21 days is going to be my take on this patch list. Where possible, I’ll link back to inspirations from reddit threads.

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