[ Dramatis Personae: Programmer, IT Person, Second Programmer. They are around a conference table, with notepads and such, deep in discussion of the new client. Client Relations is not present as the scene starts. ]
Programmer: They are not getting an Exemptions.
IT: They might want one anyway.
Second: I'm not going to tell you how to do your job, but if they're going to insist on an Exemptions they're going to keep at you until you get them some.
Programmer: Each of the last five clients wanted their own stupid little Exemptions and do you know how much trouble every one of them is?
IT: Uhm ... seven?
Second: See, you do know how to do it.
Programmer: Seven what?
Second: I thought you said five?( Collapse )
Client: Hang on. An Exemptions would be a great training piece. We should have one for the in-house training.
Second: I can help you whip one up.
[ Programmer whimpers. ]
Trivia: When he was nineteen, the director of the Gymnasium which Georg Riemann attended gave him Adrien-Marie Legendre's text Théorie des nombres, (Theory of Numbers), 859 dense pages of abstract material. Riemann returned it to the director in six days, with the note that it was a good read. Several months later, tested on the book's contents, Riemann scored perfectly. Source: Euclid's Window: The Story Of Geometry From Parallel Lines To Hyperspace, Leonard Mlodinow.
Currently Reading: Wollheim's World's Best SF Series Two, Editor Donald A Wollheim.