Just For the Fun of It

I recently whipped up a little web page in about an hour while I was in some meetings. It’s completely pointless (it’s poking some fun at the expense of my friends at &yet who have been hiring a lot of fantastic people lately), yet the fun I had making it is not.

I’ve been a bit of a funk lately, feeling a bit overwhelmed and tired, and in need of a pick-me-up. The great weather has helped, but I’ve had this urge to build something. With time at a premium lately, though, building something “real” has been out of the question. This web page is not complex; it does not exhibit any craftsmanship or exemplary coding. It’s just a simple little page that does one simple thing, all completely meant as a joke.

And yet (pun intended), it’s meant more to me than just a joke. It fanned the flames of my desire to build something. It allows me to say “I completed this.” And I shared it publicly; it’s not just something on my laptop. (That the &yet crew enjoyed it, and shared it out themselves, is just icing on the cake.)

All of this is from an elaborate joke.

Opportunities to make yourself happy don’t always present themselves. Sometimes you have to create them out of thin air.

I’m glad I did.

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John Higley

John Higley

I'm a software developer, working remotely from Richland, WA, working on solving the many issues of managing financial services products on the web. I'm fascinated by the user experience of web sites and applications and read way more than I should. Working on effectively sharing knowledge and ideas has become a recent, but burning, passion.

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