What happens when you tell a Millennial to take pictures of a party


I was a speaker at an internal Microsoft conference for field technical people, I offered my attendee party ticket to my team because I was unable to attend myself. My instructions to the person who got the ticket were "Take pictures." In retrospect, I should have been more specific, because he is a Millennial, and the pictures we got were of his plates of food.

Comments (23)
  1. DWalker07 says:

    I think it’s WEIRD when people take pictures of their plates of food. I know it’s popular with youngsters, but it’s still weird.

    1. Yuri Khan says:

      That’s just input logging. If you get a food poisoning, you have something to analyze and can attempt to reproduce the problem at your own risk.

      (With –verbose, also log output.)

      1. Boris says:

        You’re thinking of a memory dump.

      2. alegr1 says:

        Do you suggest to log both stderr and stdout?

        1. taylus says:

          Please not stdout!

          1. Benjamin Arnold says:

            Because stderr is better?!

        2. Yuri Khan says:

          Presence of stderr output indicates a severe situation, but anomalies in stdout are also worth investigating.

        3. parkrrrr says:

          stdout is logs by default.

        4. ErikF says:

          Sadly in the default configuration stderr is tied to stdin, so you can corrupt your input if you’re not careful. In severe cases you may need to break in with a debugger (kids, don’t try this at home!)

    2. user says:

      In seriousness, it’s like taking vacation photos. Instead of “this is a cool place I’ve been”, it’s just “this is a cool dish I’ve had”.

      1. Boris says:

        Except that you haven’t had it yet at that point.

      2. morlamweb says:

        And most of these “dish photos” aren’t of anything remarkable.

        1. voo says:

          Neither are most vacation pictures. It’s not about how great that pictures are it’s about documenting the experience

          1. Boris says:

            I don’t feel the need to take X photos for Y events. My iPhone is always ready, so if I see a particularily interesting potential shot, I pull it out, done. It is much more important to enjoy a location in the moment than to save it via camera (Google Image Search is fine for that).

          2. morlamweb says:

            @voo: the subjective quality of the photo is irrelevant. The subject matter – the meals served at the conference in this case – are completely unremarkable. The subjects of most vacation photos are unremarkable, too, however with them, you’re documenting something that you can’t, or don’t, normally do, such as visiting a national monument or seeing a famous painting in-person. With “dish photos”, you’re documenting something that is likely available to you on a daily basis; therefore, what’s the point?

    3. Joe says:

      Better than pictures of, well what happens later.

    4. cheong00 says:

      Instead, when I go meet my friends, we usually take pictures of drinks. (When we go to a new bar, we try to order beer or other beverages that we haven’t tried before)

  2. mikeb says:

    At least you didn’t get a bunch of selfies.

    1. Nick says:

      Selfies do a little better job of showing what’s going on at a party than food pictures do, especially “group selfies.”

  3. Mike S says:

    My wife takes pictures of food, but she’s a chef, so it’s almost always some variant of “look at this awesome dish that I’ve prepared.”

  4. Simon says:

    Heh… our office Christmas party a few years ago was at a nearby beach. My contribution to the photos largely consisted of the local birdlife… :)

    1. Joe says:

      If you were British, there’s a pun in there.

  5. Kevin says:

    I’m a Millennial and I have no idea why people do this.

    I have also caught my mother doing this, and she’s a Gen-X’er. But then, the plural of “anecdote” is not “data.”

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