This weekend, I finally got to meet Janet, who was in town for the Participatory Design Conference. We were discussing Large Software Projects, and she wanted to know how big of a project I'd worked on at my job in Portland.
"It was about 12,000 lines of Perl," I said. This I knew to be true. But then I said, "Wait a second. Twelve thousand?! How could we have done that? That's a huge amount of code."
And then I realized out loud, "Wait, no. No, it's not. It just seems like a lot because I've been writing Scheme for the last month!"
And she agreed, saying, "You could take over the world in 12,000 lines of Scheme."
And that made me really, really happy.