ashamed of your life choice.
Any of the other programmers here a bit embarassed of your pick of career? I don't know what I was thinking. When I was a kid, I thought there would be all these cool, smart people working on weird programs. Now I've realized there are maybe 10 of those people. The other 10 million are just stupid dorks. I knew there would be dorks, but I'm kind of shocked at the general stupidity. Everyone is so dumb. I'm really embarrassed to tell people what I do for a living.
I'm with you.
Wow. Computers are so hard, I'll do this and work with amazing people.
Turns out you should have done math.
Everyone in IT is a hack.
Did the bubble bring in all the idiots?
My advice. Keep moving, find the cool kids.
Well, I actually DID do math. Turns out the career breakdown for math majors is: 1%: math research, 40% secondary school teacher, 39% computer programmer, 10% "other." Looks like I'll be moving into "other".
You need to do more looking in the 39%.
it's only *mostly* idiots, not all.
do you have a graduate degree?
I bet there's a dentist forum somewhere online, where there's someone else asking this same exact question.
haha. Why shame? Why not just "damn, I didn't pick the right career for myself given all the information I had."
I tend to believe that if you are truly brilliant, you'll eventually end up surrounded by the truly brilliant, regardless of details like your job title.
September 4th, 2006 8:51pm
Which explains why you work with a bunch of racist rednecks who love dick and fart jokes.
September 4th, 2006 8:53pm
The boss, who I actually work with closely, is brilliant.
You have to have salespeople who can communicate with the uh, regular people.
September 4th, 2006 8:54pm
Same here. I decided to learn Perl one day to do a personal web project and then BAM.
September 4th, 2006 9:00pm
I don't remember how I ended up here.
September 4th, 2006 9:03pm
Actually I got my job because of Gamespy.
GameSpy switched their forums from the 3 framed monolith forum to some bastard variant of UBB. We were all pissed, disenfranchised, and were under no circumstances gonna post on a UBB board, so the impetous for my project was born.
I wrote the v1 forum in 2 weeks. The v2 forum was written 6 months later in 5 days. :-)
The one I'm using now took over a year.
September 4th, 2006 9:05pm
For me, I was doing just hanging out in Portland trying to find myself but needed a job, and since I had a math degree I was able to get a gig doing TeX typesetting for a scientific publisher. Then I did TeX macros and then perl.
Then my roommate had some "HTML" pages he had to do for Sun. I thought it was neat but so much simpler than TeX or SGML! Then he got a job doing web stuff and I joined doing Visa's CMS system in like 6 months (hint: it looked like TeX). I guess like Joel, I wrote my own language!
Money was better than grad school, Starbucks (still a Seattle up-start), or trying to write Fight Club.
I knew I was going to do programming within an hour of discovering GW-Basic on DOS 5.0. Before that, I already knew that computers were the bizzomb.
Where am I? Where's my car?
September 5th, 2006 11:38am
Regret? Hell yes.
I regret letting my family talk/manipulate me out of joining a police force after graduating from the police academy. If I can get back into shape over the next year, I just might be able to get into a local reserve officer program for my 25th anniversary of "the last time I went to the police academy."
I regret letting my ex and ex-employer talk/manipulate me out of joining the national guard when I was 29 (back then, the upper limit on enlistment was 29 and half years old). While I recognize that I would have been sent to both bush wargasms in Iraq, I think it would have been helpful and lead to a very different career path.
I regret not brushing and flossing my teeth more.
I shall stop before this turns into a livejournal entry...