Pratik Naik

Architect, Software Engineer, and Project Manager in Pune, India

Pratik Naik

Architect, Software Engineer, and Project Manager in Pune, India

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As a man of experience, wealth, and refined intelligence, I have three simple rules to impart to you today.

First, never strap a jet engine to anything other than a jet. Seriously, that shit never works out, don’t try it. Just because you have a car, and you have a jet engine, and you have access to the Bonneville Salt Flats, do not think you’ll be the first one to get this to work. You won’t. Better men and women than you have tried, and they were removed from the remains of their vehicles with a squeegee. Which leads naturally to the second rule.

Second, complex systems fail in complex ways. You may think you’ve got it all together, but trust me, you don’t, so the best thing you can do is decide what you’re going to do when everything, and I do mean everything, collapses. Don’t fear failure, because failure’s inevitable. Fear not having a backup plan. Hell, have a backup, a contingency, a failsafe, and a couple of redundancies. If you don’t have that, at least have someone to blame. Dr. Doom works out pretty well for me, but your mileage may vary.

And third, and most important, everything’s gonna be just fine as long as your last thought isn’t, ‘Oh, man, I really shouldn’t have done that.’