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16 Mar 2011

I feel the need to be extraordinarily transparent with you all this evening, and so I will be.

The truth is, I hate babies.

In particular, newborns. I takes a real man to admit this, I believe. I mean, a woman comes out with a newborn from the hospital and everyone is always cooing and oogling the thing, and telling the mother how beautiful the child is. People make comments like "wow, she looks just like you", or "she is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!".

In the back of my head, I'm thinking "OH GOD! They let it out of the hospital like that?! Without any elective surgery!?"

I mean, babies (especially newborns, I will note), are horrifically ugly things. They have spindly little legs, slanty little eyes, they are a strange bluish red color. They have little arms like an ape, ugly little fingers, bristling wet hair and they smell bad.

Worst of all, they have various horrible ailments. Set aside the cradle cap and the bruises, and they are covered in little pimples (called "Milia"), which makes them look like diseased little rats.

Here it is, late in the evening before we try and get a new website live - and it strikes me: we are in labour at the moment. We have been struggling for four months to generate a completely new entity. It's almost disheartening to look at all of the things we have set out to do, and how far we still have to go - until we turn around and look at how far we have come.

It has been painful. Maybe not "birth" painful, but certainly lacking in comfort.

I said it before, and I'll say it again: nine women can't make a baby in one month. We've had 4 months.

Our entire team has put in their all into trying to move Lasso forward. Not only the days, but the evenings as well. This evening, one Frog brought in dinner while the rest of the team worked until the wee hours of the morning. We have no responsibility to get a site live other than that we want to move forward and start seeing results for our labour - but the team pressed on until we almost killed one another (or, well, me). Jono has worked 70-80 hour weeks for months now - it's inhuman.

I'm not going to start thanking people explicitly until we actually get to the finish line - but I thought the world should know how proud I am of my team and how hard they have worked these past few months to do everything possible to get so much done. I am very lucky to have been blessed with such remarkable individuals in my midst.

The whole world should move to Canada. We have great people here.

I am also lucky for an engaged community, many who have donated time and love to helping us move forward from standing still.

So tomorrow, we will be doing everything we can to finally pass a new child into the world: the new baby which is new products, new documentation, new ideas, new marketing components, new everything. I hope that the community will accept with love the inevitable pimples of the newborn and be able to look underneath all of the spindly little legs and rashy skin to the beautiful new creation we have lovingly created for our community of developers.

I look forward to the moment where the thing finally pops out and we can begin concentrating on helping it grow.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sean Stephens
LassoSoft Inc.


by Alexander Betz, 17 March 2011

Actually, I find it quite pretty. You didn't believe that you could write this without people having a look at it ;-) Interesting new stuff too.

by Jason Pettis, 17 March 2011

I just want to tell you good luck. We're all counting on you.

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