Another kind of puzzle

Subject: Another kind of puzzle
From: Misti Delaney <mdelaney -at- SOFTWARE-SERVICES -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 14:08:47 -0400

This comes from a friend I forward the cream of the list to:
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>Here's a puzzle for you: my document for one of our products has to be
>"essentially complete" by tomorrow, so that I will be available to begin the
>next project.

>When I go to the project lead engineer for information on some things
(little
>minor details like major functionality, search syntax, etc), I am told "we
>don't know that yet.. we're going to have to wait and see. We have
another 3
>weeks to make up our minds." (they're not due to QA until Sept 4.) They
don't
>even know what they're going to call the $# -at- % thing!

>is this cognitive dissonance, or what?

>my only option is to write from the specs, and hope that they don't change
>things too terribly (which they will). This is beyond science fiction,
which
>at least is supposed to be *based* on real-world science. This is now
getting
>into the realm of fantasy, which raises another important question.

>I've never written technical fantasy before, and am not familiar with the
>genre. Our system doesn't use Wizards (Microsoft-style or any other)
>and I don't really think it's appropriate to include unicorns or other
mystical
>beasts. Would giants suffice for the fantasy, or do I have to figure
out how
>to work elves into it?

>*sigh*


...as quoted to:
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Misti Delaney (Tucker)

Technical Consultant/ Communication Specialist
Software Services Corporation
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(800) 448-1568

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My opinions do not in any way represent those of my employer.


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