Thursday, April 27, 2006

Object Monkey RIP???

So Jason Gorman seems finally to have pulled the plug on the ObjectMonkey website. True, lately it had turned into a potty-mouthed Private Eye wannabe, with the recent stuff being particularly virulent. Indeed Jason seemed a bit sheepish when I pegged him as Mr ObjectMonkey at the BCS Mini-SPA last year. Nevertheless some of the older material was refreshingly frank and insightful into the realities of software engineering and the project lifecycle, as well as being laugh-out-loud funny. It's like reading an DevX column written by Roger Mellie.

One essay in particular, "The Emperor's New Code", contained a very useful list of advice for a business project manager who needs to make a success of an IT project. Unfortunately the advice is headed Don't be a sh*thead. As a consultant I couldn't give that to a client: they won't read the advice, they'd just think, "He's calling me a sh*thead!". That's the problem with swearing. It is big and it is clever, and a well-timed expletive can be funny. But many people will grep out everything except the cusswords. It's all very well saying, as the Sub-Genius motto has it, "F**k 'em if they can't take a joke" but sometimes it's just not worth it. We end up alienating the people we most need to reach.

Alas, all this, the insights and the profanity, is now 404. Still, unlike Ozymandias, Jason Gorman has left behind more than a few broken links. Thank you Google cache!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alas, we could no longer sustain the effort of It was neither big nor clever, and frankly we realised it would never, ever make any money as advertisers ran screaming in the opposite direction!

Software bods can visit my real blog (deplete of potty-mouthed virulence) at, and if you miss the surreal humour, try - again, devoid of colourful metaphors...

Thanks for noticing we'd gone, anyway :-)

Jason Gorman

7 May 2006 at 03:00:00 GMT-7  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a lowly HR Person stuck in an IT world full of OO'ers - Object Monkey helped me see the fun amongst the jargon. Gutted you're no longer there Object Monkey - your interview with Bonnie Langford was amusingly pointless. I miss you :(

1 August 2006 at 06:58:00 GMT-7  
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