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Names and Time

Date: 2013-01-16
Tags: programming

I’m working on an essay for my Highway Engineering course, and sitting at home. Why I’m not at my desk at school is beyond me, but I don’t think it would have matted too much to how long it took me to write this. While home, I’m watching Untold Stories of the ER. since there isn’t really anything else on, the silence is maddening, and my Internet connection isn’t liking Pandora today.

I was watching a clip about a stow-away who had, unsurprisingly, sever hypothermia. It occurred to me that, as far as the hospital staff is concerned, he doesn’t have a name. Now, I’m sure hospitals and EMR systems have ways to deal with that, but it reminded me of a blog post from a few years back called Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names. That reminded me of two posts called Falsehoods programmers believe about time and More falsehoods programmers believe about time; ‘wisdom of the crowd’ edition.

All three posts boil down to this: assume nothing and assume you’re wrong.