Friday, February 15, 2008

Nominative determinism

Nominative determinism: when your job or hobby matches your name. For example, the famous Major Major, from Catch 22. Or the British Antarctic Survey scientist I heard on Radio 4 yesterday explaining how he was going to drill down through 3km of ice - a Mr Core (or was it Bore - they both work, and I was in the car at the time).

The latest to catch my eye was in this quote at El Reg: "The vice president in charge of Red Hat's JBoss middleware Craig Muzilla, said Red Hat is going to undercut giants IBM, Oracle and Microsoft in the saturated and expensive middleware sector."

With a name like Muzilla, I guess working for an OSS company was pretty much inevitable.

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