Stuck in Mac Town? Play Tetris!
One of the things I don’t like about software is that it’s never finished, it’s just versioned. Again, and again, and again. That’s why I like hanging lights in a theater: you reach a point where you can say, “I’m done.” Sometimes that’s opening night, and you’re done because you’re run out of time. Sometimes it’s done just because there’s nothing left to do. I love that feeling.
Twice so far I’ve pitched in to help food inventory, and the best part is: it got done. I believe that there was a crew of two assigned to inventory maybe twelve or fifteen tri-wall boxes, and six or so strandees showed up to help. The whole thing took about an hour and a half.
A pickle forklift pulls the boxes from the container, we cut the straps, unpack enough so that we can see and reach everything inside, the crew chief checks it against the inventory sheet, for some unknown reason we write the SKU on the box to show that we’ve checked the SKU printed on the box, and then …
Tetris! We repack a bunch of oddly-shaped boxes back in the tri-wall box. Sometimes the boxes are nice and uniform. One had almost nothing in it but boxes of generic Cheerios. Sometimes it feels as if every box is different; paying attention while unpacking is what a smart person would have done, and we had a couple of them, but they weren’t there for each unpacking and sometimes we had to try several different variations on the packing.
And then, we are done.