Buy low, sell high

Not one of my stocks has made it back the price where I bought it at since the very day after I bought. That is, the highest price any of my stocks has had in the time I’ve owned them is the price I bought them at.

The conclusion, then, is simple. I’m jinxed. In fact, it’s probably my fault that Google has fallen 13% or more. Billions of dollars lost. My bad.

It might be in Google’s best interest to buy me off and remove the jinx. I’ll sell my shares for ten times their current value, happily. I wish no malice upon Google.

Passive Voice

In Spanish they frequently use passive voice in such a way that blame is avoided. Instead of “I broke the vase,” they say “The vase broke.”

I realized that we programmers do this all the time when we talk about our own mistakes. Instead of “I programmed it wrong,” we say “There was a bug.” You can infer that the bug is our fault, but there’s a very definite connotation here that bugs happen, don’t blame us.

And we do it with each other’s stuff, too: “Oh, Bill’s script didn’t work because there was a bug.” That’s a lot easier to understand than “Bill didn’t account for division by zero, and he has no input validation.” Easier to understand, AND nicer for Bill.

(At times, though, I wish I could give folks the technical reason and have them understand — explain how the bug in the system was on the outsourced-company’s side, rather than mine, so stop looking at me that way, etc.)

In other news: my head hurts.