## Wednesday, May 11, 2016

### Just how many engineers does it take to solve a simple geometry problem?

Two months later and we're *still* waiting to install updates to “Project: Sippy-Cup”
into production.
We were *finally* given the “okay” this week,
but have *twice* scrubbed the ~~launch~~ deployment because … “reasons.”

Sigh.

So there's very little for us (the Call Processing team at the Ft. Lauderdale Office of The Corporation) to do this week. And because of that, I've started back to work on a small geometry problem that floated around the office some time last year—find “x”:

I can't be *that* hard,
right?
All you need to solve it is geometry.
You know,
the interior angles of a triangle sum to 180°,
what constitutes congruent triangles,
all that stuff you should have learned in the 10^{th} grade but have probably forgotten by now.

Um … yeah.

Fellow cow-orker T didn't solve it (and took a copy home for his son to work on).
T2 solved it by using trigonometry.
And it took a few hours of hashing it out between myself and R to get a *purely* geometric solution to it.