June 15, 2007
#277: Long Light
[[A man in a car, sitting at a red light.]]
Man: This light always takes forever. I’d like to smack the idiot who designed this intersection.
[[An engineer steps up onto the hood of the man’s car.]]
Man: Who the hell are you?
Engineer: I designed this intersection.
Engineer [[arms spread outward]] : You’re right - I should have just made the light shorter! Never mind the hours of simulation and testing I did. Never mind that this intersection interacts with it’s neighbors in a complicated way and it took me a week to work out timing sequences that avoided total jams.
Engineer: Clearly, I’m a crappy engineer and you have a better solution. Go on, show me your proposed timings.
Man: Get the hell off my hood before I start driving and fling you into traffic.
Engineer: You can’t. Light’s red.
Man: Well, when will it change?