Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2005.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

An amazing record!

Posted 12 February 2005

Oh wow. Yesterday after ECE 361, Andy and I went to Chipotle, knowing it would be a long night ahead of us --- we needed to have a part of a computer chip designed and handed in by 5:00p today. So we went to Wilkinson lab at around 7:30p. I took a break around 7:30a to grab breakfast at Sargent, and then continued fighting against unruly software that uses a graphical user interface from about two decades ago.

However, by 4:00a this morning I was the lab's master of the software, and the people there with me began to look to me as their go-to-guy (thanks to Jon, Saul, Ryan, Anuja, and Richit for being there and keeping me motivated if for no other reason than their presense). So I was glad to be able to help.

God also granted me unimaginable endurance --- my wrists got a little tired, but for all those hours of very, very, very repetitive clicking and typing, I am completely unscathed, which is a miracle. Andy jumped ship by 5:30a because of a midterm, and his wrists were already cramping up, even though he doesn't ever suffer from computer usage! Thank you, God!

For the record, I spent a total of about 22 consecutive hours in the Wilkinson computer lab.