Those who have spent some time around the Plastiq offices have probably heard me refer to one of my favorite alter egos – “Past Dan” and “Future Dan“. It all started as a joke when a co-worker and I were digging through some old code, and I just couldn’t decipher why I’d written it that way.
“Past Dan must have been out of his mind when he wrote this,” I mused. Laughs all around.1
Since then I’ve been increasingly using the monikers to refer to both decisions or actions that I made in the past (Past Dan) and things that I’ll have to deal with in the future (Future Dan).
Examples of usage include:
- “Hmm… we can leave that one for Future Dan to figure out.“
- “Well, Past Dan clearly didn’t know what he was talking about.“
- “Alright! Looks like Past Dan already covered that case in the documentation here.“
Over time, I became aware of an additional psychological benefit that arose from referring to my past and present selves as separate individuals.