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Facial hair as a measure of coding progress

Not sure if I’m the only programmer who does this, but I often use my facial hair as a visual indicator of how long I’ve been working on a project. I typically employ this technique on short projects with a lot to accomplish and little time to do it in. For example, yesterday I finished a project that was originally scheduled for about 3 full weeks. After week one we figured out that the deadline was 2 days before we thought, so we lost 2 days off the last 2 weeks, which is a fairly substantial portion of time on such a small timeframe (and don’t forget to add in labor day weekend festivities). So the shaving stopped (showering continued on a sporadic basis). Honestly, when you’re in a time crunch there simply aren’t enough seconds in the day to shave. And I like being able to look in the mirror and have a visual representation of the work I’ve been doing. An added benefit is the refreshing feeling that comes after work is done and the scruff is removed. Ahhhh, vacation time…

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P.S. Yes, that’s just under two weeks of hair growth, my facial hair is pathetic, I can’t grow a real beard. You can stop making fun of me now.
P.P.S. I swear I’m going to get back to Flex related posts soon. There’s gonna be a bunch of flexlib updates coming. w00t

[UPDATE] Tink and Ben Stucki posted WAY better examples than my own. I had to share. If you’ve got anything better post a link in the comments.

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15 thoughts on “Facial hair as a measure of coding progress

  1. Julio says:

    The woman normally gets after me before too long… if I was single, every project would end up like Aragorn

  2. Very funny. I’m with Tony on the laziness thing. I don’t always shave even when I have time too. Like right now for instance. I could be shaving, instead I’m posting about shaving on a blog. It’s easier for me to recline in my chair, laptop on lap, read some blogs, type some words…than to go shower and shave.

    *rubs facial hair*
    *smells armpits*

    It’s Friday night, though, the girlfriend will look negatively at me if I don’t shave or shower before we hit the town tonight.

  3. Heh heh heh. Doug’s two weeks of growth is my four days. 😉

    I don’t think I’d be willing to go for the length Tink or Ben have in their pics, though. I keep a goatee half the time (then I shave it on a whim, get tired of bare skin, and grow it again, ad infinitum. I’m indecisive!), but full beards get itchy after a few weeks.

  4. Bob says:

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