Ryan shared this technical video spoof:

Rockwell’s retro-encabulator is a refinement of the turbo-encabulator, which Chrysler demonstrated to the world in a 1980s instructional video, although the design dates to at least 1946. Apparently work continues.

Ryan asserted we should produce nonsense jargon-laden material like this to describe our work. Indeed, it’s odd that software engineering has little such fictional self-deprecation, but maybe that’s because our discipline is still immature enough that our real work is worse than fiction.

I posted this in February 2007 during week 1718.

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