Does humor belong in Software Development?

According to an interview I once read, Frank Zappa’s life quest was to answer the above question related to music. As in, proving that humor had a place in music, and that not all music needed to be deep and emotional. In many ways, one can argue that if you have to explain your motives in these regards, one has failed – And software developers in many ways, are probably among the most serious professionals out there. However, the paradox is that you kind of get to choose; Either you’re among those laughing of humor, or you’re among those being laughed by in humor. Within the boundaries of self irony, it’s actually a choice.

When I was a kid, we had the image from this blog in our toilet. My father was a professional Jazz musician, and he had the outermost respect for Zappa. Frank Zappa was incredibly talented, and many will claim he was one of the best Jazz musicians that ever lived – And his response to such claims, was to publish a photo of himself on the toilet. You’ll probably never see a photo of me sitting on the toilet coding, but I must confess that sometimes I feel tempted to create such a photo. However, humor is impossible to grasp for some people out there, and some people will have to be explained exactly what is humor and what is not. So let me explain it very detailed in case you didn’t get it; It’s OK, you can laugh now … 😉

Edit: Just because I have humor in regards to software development, and my profession, doesn’t imply I don’t take my profession seriously. I take software development very seriously, just like Zappa took music very serious. I just realize the simple facts of things, which is that sometimes humor can bring us outside of the box, and allow us to think greater thoughts, due to the ways it too stimulates the right hemisphere


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