Mostly, when you see programmers, they aren’t doing anything. One of the attractive things about programmers is that you cannot tell whether or not they are working simply by looking at them. Very often they’re sitting there seemingly drinking coffee and gossiping, or just staring into space. What the programmer is trying to do is get a handle on all the individual and unrelated ideas that are scampering around in his head.
Charles David George "Charlie" Stross
British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy. Specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. Between 1994 and 2004, was also an active writer for the magazine Computer Shopper and was responsible for the monthly Linux column. Due to time constraints, he eventually stopped writing for Computer Shopper to devote more time to novels. However, he continues to publish freelance articles on the Internet.