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From Tim Absalom at the University of Plymouth, via the Carto-Soc email list (with apologies to the late Mr. Kipling):

If you can save your files when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on Microsoft,
If you can trust your data when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for errors at the survey stage;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
however long the spinning wheel of death revolves
Or being spammed, don't deal in spam,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make an iphone your master;
If you can upgrade - and not make upgrading your aim;
If you can meet with InDesign and Quark Express
And treat those two competitors just the same;
If you can bear to see the map you've slaved over
cut 'n pasted cheaply on the PowerPoint screen,
Or watch the Freehand you gave your life to, broken,
And build your skills around the Illustrator theme:

If you can talk with crowds at Summer School,
Or walk with Committee - yet not lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If both SoC and BCS count with you, but neither too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of digitising done,
Yours is Google Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Cartographer, my son!

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Ha ha! :D
Good one, gave me a chuckle.

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