The most obvious question is, why the seemingly arbitrary name: “getBuckets”? I actually bought the domain right after I read a story about Celtics forward Leon Powe, written by Rod Benson of the Boom Tho! movement. The excerpt from the article [Leon Powe gets buckets] follows:
I clearly remember one pre-game meeting we had at Cal. We used to have these pretty long meetings where we would go over each player on the other team and over how we would play different situations. On this day, Coach Braun … and coach Pasternack … had gone over the other team for nearly 30 minutes before deciding to quiz some of us on the game plan. Since Leon was the man, they started with him.
“So, Leon, what’s the game plan?”
Leon’s answer was quick, clear, and concise. In fact, it was probably the only answer someone gave to a question during my four years at Cal that I remember.
“Get buckets,” Leon answered confidently.
Coach Braun made a face that would fit Charlie Brown’s “good grief.”
Since I read this article, “get buckets” has become a rallying cry for getting things done. It has also quickly ascended the ranks to become one of my favorite ambiguous short phrases. ”get buckets” has joined the illustrious company that includes such gems as:
If you happen to spend any time with code, you’ll note that “getBuckets” (with the little ‘g’ and the big ‘B’) looks like a camel cased function that could theoretically do something useful in an application of unspecified utility.
[And sure enough, there is a getBuckets() call related to Amazon S3.]
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