Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

28 Sep 2006, 10:53 a.m.

Jonathan Coulton

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2006 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Jonathan Coulton's "Code Monkey" is to Fog Creek this week as Weird Al's "White and Nerdy" is to the entire Internet. I can't forward the latter to anyone because ten innocent acquaintances have already forwarded it to anyone relevant.

In any case, "Code Monkey" is cracking me up. For some reason, "Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write goddamned login page himself" just slays me. It's pretty anthemic.

Coulton also wrote "Flickr" -- that's worth your time, too.

Of course, in keeping with a few of my current obsessions, you could tag Coulton "rapid prototyping," "John Hodgman," and "Creative Commons." If you were wondering why Hodgman congratulated Coulton on winning an essay contest that one time on The Daily Show, that's why. (I thought that was a weird coincidence!)