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Choose code. Choose a hack job. Choose a career slaving long hours at a terminal turning pasty white and sleep deprived. Choose a paycheck big enough to make that seem like a good idea. Choose a bloody huge monitor so you can play Quake 3 life sized, blowing up your co-workers so you don't go nuts. Choose caffiene and pizza. Choose all-nighters and deadlines, and eighty hour workweeks on projects you could probably care less about. Choose stock options that will probably be worthless next week, but have a tiny chance of making you really stinking rich, eventually. Choose not being able to find a job once you hit forty because the new kids are better, faster, and cheaper than you. Choose your career. Choose programming.


Don't worry; I just wrote this up in a fit of amusement and exaggeration. :)

I'm actually feeling pretty good lately, despite my previous post. I guess I was just rather bitter that day, after reading that geek article. I'm rarely that harsh or bitter. Honest.


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Mar. 5th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
I dunno.. you can be pretty lethal in the park sometimes. 8-)
Mar. 5th, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, DURN, and I who was going to become a programmer! ;-P
High on glucose instead of caffeine. *giggles*

Mar. 5th, 2003 01:14 pm (UTC)
In the past there was a method for dealing with occupational obselence for engineers. It was called the managment track.
Mar. 5th, 2003 11:39 pm (UTC)
Mar. 6th, 2003 09:04 pm (UTC)
Choose testing. Choose QA. Choose to be the equivalent of the guy saying "You missed a spot". Choose half the pay, a quarter the security, and none of the respect and/or potential for advancement of the coder. Choose to guarantee that temp work will be the thing resembling employment in between your stops between unemployment, your band's gig, and "Do you want fries with that?"

err, oh... Hello. I'm just one of the folks out there who can't go a day without stopping by the Belfry for my comic fix. :)
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