That arrangement was amazing and gorgeous.
I'm sorry to clutter the comments on this post, but the comments are off in other one and your writing moved me to respond:
You have your own Quora topic (and have since before you accidentally went viral). Congrats! http://www.quora.com/Steve-Yegge
More importantly: your post was the most useful thing I've read this year. Your insights on organizational culture, project planning, and massive group collaboration are incredibly insightful and applicable to projects outside of the tech industry. I plan on referring to certain parts of your writing for a communications project I'm working on, and other thoughts are certain to be useful for specific situations I encounter in the future, perhaps including civic cybernetics. Your essay is something I will be reading a couple of times, just because there are several useful thoughts that need a few readings to absorb properly.
Please write more, as your humor and insight are rare to see in combination and it's powerful stuff. I learned things from what you wrote and would like the opportunity to learn more of what you've distilled from your experiences and observations.
Finally, I saw such love for Google and what you know Google can be in your essay. I specifically am not referring to what you wrote as a rant because I think the connotations of the term don't accurately reflect the tone or purpose of your writing. You didn't write something to tear people down or to complain or vent, you wrote because you see a way things can be better and you wanted to share that vision and your supporting evidence with your colleagues so you could start a conversation and hopefully help make something better for everyone. I think the people who matter understand what you meant and appreciate what you say.