juggling eggs

juggling eggs

Keeping a lot of state in your head while modifying a program. "Don't bother me now, I'm juggling eggs", means that an interrupt is likely to result in the program's being scrambled. In the classic first-contact SF novel "The Mote in God's Eye", by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, an alien describes a very difficult task by saying "We juggle priceless eggs in variable gravity." See also hack mode.
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Chef kept us entertained by juggling eggs, tossing great clouds of rice into the air, and throwing the occasional knife.
While we were eating, the chef moved on to his next display, juggling eggs.
Feather the clutch, tickle the throttle, dab the back brake and lean in to the turn - as easy as juggling eggs while running backwards down stairs.