Some People Have No Sense of Humor

So I got us one of those Silver alert things for the house.  The other day, couldn't find my keys.  Entered "missing keys" and it appeared on the board.  My wife said it looks like you can't find your keys.  I said I know.  I think they may be in your car.  Okay thanks, why do you say that?  Because your car has been running for a few hours since you got home.  Thanks Dear!

That reminds me of last Thanksgiving.  Thought I'd surprise my wife with a turkey.  I got home.  Asked how it went.  Okay.  How big is the turkey.  I don't know.  Wasn't it written on the label?  What label.  There wasn't a label on the turkey.  I don't think so.  Where is it?  It's out back.  You left the turkey out back?  Yah the dogs were sniffing it.  The dogs were sniffing the turkey?  Yah, they had it cornered near the fence.  I have to go see this.  Honey, while you're out there, see if you can get a weight on it so I know how long to cook 'em.  Do we cook in oven or microwave?  And which part of the turkey is the cranberry sauce.

Last week, my wife asked me why the electric bill lowered so much.  Because of my magic chords.  Magic chords?  Yah, I picked them up for $10 each.  What do these magic chords do?  Well, you plug them in and they save you money.  Where do you plug them in?  Side of the house.  We have outlets on the side of the house?  No, but the neighbors do.  The trick is to bury the chords afterword.  Placed one on each side of the house.  It really lowers your electric costs over time.  I'd say so.

Oh by the way, could you help me with the labels for the garage sale?  We're having a garage sale?  No, but the neighbors are this weekend.  But the neighbors are out of town this weekend.  I know, that's the good part.  They have a lot of  stuff on the side of the house and on their patio.  Going to sell that at their garage sale.  Remember, mark the prices fairly low, everything's got to go.  Let's not be greedy with the prices.  Sure no problem.  This should be fun.

Some people have no sense of humor~!

Is Programming Really an Art

You have to admire those will real skill.  We're talking about someone who has mastered their craft to such a degree, it's almost magical, as if some source was flowing through their body, not conscious of the effort.  Like people who attend Julliard.

Some people find comfort in repetitive jobs.  Same thing.  Over and over.

Some people say to try programming.  It's creative.  Some say its an art.  The thing is, programming is a commodity.  Programming has more to do with estimating hours, meeting target deliverables, getting sign off, in order to get a paid invoice.  Sounds like a business.  Not art.

Has programming become a blue collar occupation?  Sort of like a plumber using specific skills to accomplish specific tasks.  Some skills can be learned in college, some in trade school, some on the job.

There is usually a learning curve when learning a new thing.  Language.  Framework.  Concept.  Once you learn it, it's sort of cookie cutter.

Unless you are good at problem solving.  Solving problems take out of the box thinking.  Sometimes, there is no documented solution.  You can't learn the solution in a textbook, blog or online tutorial.  You have to systematically and methodically work through the problem, with no guidance except intuition, logic and attention to detail.  Some problem, you have to try hundreds of failed attempts before making any progress.

Many people claim to solve real problems using technology.  And I'm sure that's true.  What about solving problems caused by technology.  I don't think there's a true job title that meets that description. 

I'm sure there are people who love to solve the big problems.  Perhaps a person with a good reputation, where the co-workers go-to that person when they need results.  I'm trying to do this but it does that.  Well, let me have a look.  And they watch over your shoulder.  No, I already tried that, see, when I do this, it does that.  Well, step back for a moment, let's explore.

Sometimes by simply going through the steps, methodically, systematically, the actual issue presents itself.  Looks like magic from the outside.  But it's really simple logic.

They say if you judge a fish on how well it climbs trees, the fish isn't very smart.  But if you judge a squirrel on how well it swims, not so good either.  In the real world, do problem solvers get overlooked by those with flair, or looks, or clothes, or degrees, or what have you?  Perhaps.

Is programming a skill similar to other blue collar jobs?  Is programming an art or science?  How smart do you really have to be to reproduce existing frameworks day after day?

When you look at people who stay at the same job, same technology, and build upon years of reputation, big fish in small ponds, you have to wonder if that's the best way to earn a living.

When you look at people who change jobs, go into new environments or new technology every so many years, having to start over from scratch, climb an already crowded ladder, does that make much sense?

What if you like technology but not interested in management.  There's a glass ceiling of how far you can go.  Do you think they will pay a higher salary to programmers than the managers they report to?  What if your skills become a commodity.  Or they hire younger / cheaper programmers to do basically the same thing.

Perhaps there's a happy medium.

And so it goes~!

The 10 Worst College Majors

The 10 Worst College Majors via

My Anthropology / archeology degree ranked #1.

After graduation, I worked temp jobs at minimum wage.  Luckily I was self taught programmer age 13 and clawed way into IT department.