Matt Foley: Now, young man, what do you want to do with your life? Brian: (nervous) I.. actually, Matt.. I kinda wanna be a perl programmer.. Matt Foley: We-e-e-elll.. la-de-freakin'-da! We've got ourselves a programmer here! ( jumps across the room ) Hey, Dad, I can't see real good.. ( lifts his glasses off and on his face ) ..is that Larry Wall over there? Dad: Well, actually, Matt.. Ellen and I have encouraged Brian in his programming. Matt Foley: Dad, I wish you could just shut your big yapper! ( stumbles back across the room ) Now, I wonder.. Brian, from what I've heard, you're using your ORA books, not for "Learning Perl Programming", but for rolling doobies!! You're gonna be doing a lot of doobie-rolling when you're living in a van down by the river!
i'm currently locked in a room @ 60 degrees... in shorts...
my only co-worker/boss three feet from me... beating my head
in over the fact that i "suck" and he doesn't "suck" @ admin
however... he always has me doing the coding........?
never the less, i can say i'm currently in my frozen hell
looking for wisdom and solice from the perl monks...
but i do have a sunblade 1000 to play with ;-) with 1gb ram
and two 750s in command... got to find some.. thing worth
to make this job worht it.
...I think the "van down by the river" option was for us. In fact, I was actually recently caught sending an update to a CGI script from a Penske rental truck, using a cell phone to get a net connection while passing through Memphis in the rain.
Who needs fuel oil and fertilizer anyway? Guns and explosives are the munitions of the past. It's knowledge that counts now. Knowledge and connectivity.
Van by the river works well for that! Have fun.
Currently I am sitting in my big comfy chair in my school bus yellow room
(the monitors glowing mixed with the lava lamp make the yellow really nifty) listening to the
hitchhikers guide to the galaxy with a nice fresh pot of coffee brewing in the other room.
The Yankees won (baseball...yes Merlyn some of us have not dedicated ourselves
completely), the dogs are fed, the lawn got mowed....and I'm surfing the monestery and banging
away on some perl.
...a small open-plan office in a 240-year-old building, looking out over glorious, sunny St James's Park, London. Unfortunately, I'm sitting in front of a Windows box. Ah well, you can't have everything. Call me a heretic, but I'd rather have natural beauty and a crock of a system than true programming elegance and an ugly environment.
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GAT d++ s:- a-- C++ UL P++ L++(+) E? W+(++) N+ o? K w+(--)
!O M- V? PS+ PE- Y PGP- t+ 5 X+ R+++ tv- b+++ DI++++ D+ G+ e++ h!(-) y
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I'd like to stand up in support of everyone in a carpetted cattle pen right now. I know I've come to love my 8'*8' cell as if it were home. It has adequate lighting, a view of a factory and a white birch tree, blinds that obscure said view but don't keep out enough light to keep me from boiling, Windows NT...
...the PAIN! The seering HORROR!
Oh, wait. I get paid. Nicely. To learn Perl much of the day. Life is good. Long live the canvas walls.
So, while I had wanted to hit YAPC::Montréal, I wound up grinding wires. I cannot fathom the beauty of fresh air or central air when I'm not denied them. Yes, I can't open the windows and not even the circulation works here. I have a fan.
Well, I'm here in a stupid little cubicle, in a corner away from windows (real windows), in front of some really ugly Windows..... (NT). Luckily my Perl coding is in SunOS :-)
I did have the absolute pleasure of working from home the week after my son was born. Work can be pleasurable when you have you 4 day old son sleeping in on your lap while you code away the time....
I've heard many stories of people that just can't work from home due to the distractions. My week at home was a great test of my ability to get work done, and I'm glad to find I had no problems. I definitely had distractions, but they were fewer and shorter than the distractions at work!
Now I just have to find the perfect job that allows me to work from home....
And yes, I'm jelous of those of you sitting in a comfy chair at home right now. But then again, you give me hope!!!
How about, "my office, running my bookstore pretending to be creative with some marketing drivel that I don't want to do while all the employees are on the floor bored to tears because nobody has come into the store in the last hour?"
Seriously, this is truly boring. Part of the reason I started learning perl was because our "computer guy" told me that he couldn't put our database on the web without HUGH amounts of money for software, hardware, and some gigantic changes to our database. (For those of you wondering, his estimate was five figures). After a few days of pondering, I found perlmonks which made things very clear. All it took was a small change to the database to export the data once in a while, a spare pentium computer we had sitting around, linux, a lot of answers from you guys, and about two months of me hacking at it in between the firings. All because I was surfing perlmonks when I should have been accounting. I think it's a fair trade, really.