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RE: My age is

by mirod (Canon)
on Nov 02, 2000 at 04:28 UTC ( #39557=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My age is

Oh so very funny!

Why did this poll have to start 3 days after my birthday, and why did you have to ask for a 36 and + category to be added when I just turned 36?

Oh why?

THat said, I'm glad to see a fair number of grey bearded monks here (and even more glad that my wife is an avid reader of cadfael novels, hence she likes my grey beard ;--)


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RE: RE: My age is
by Malkavian (Friar) on Nov 02, 2000 at 04:34 UTC
    Heh.. :) Well, assuming this poll has a lifespan of more than 5 days, my category's going to change...
    Posted in the 26-30 category, and only just made it there by a whisker...
    Guess I'll get to post in the 20-25 next.. :)

    Malk
RE: RE: My age is
by cadfael (Friar) on Nov 02, 2000 at 19:49 UTC
    THat said, I'm glad to see a fair number of grey bearded monks here (and even more glad that my wife is an avid reader of cadfael novels, hence she likes my grey beard ;--)

    Maybe the reason there aren't as many of us greybeards is that many of us passed through high school and college without ever having the chance to take a programming course.

    At my location (University of Missouri) there are a number of old farts like me who are largely self-taught, and an even larger number of younger programmers and sysadmins who grew up dreaming in (insert language of choice here).

    They do keep us on our toes, though. I have learned a lot from working with some of the recent graduates.

    Yes, and I also like the Cadfael mysteries, as does my wife. The first series of PBS Mystery! videos was pretty good, but the later series have been a little disappointing.

    -----
    "Computeri non cogitant, ergo non sunt"

      Maybe the reason there aren't as many of us greybeards is that many of us passed through high school and college without ever having the chance to take a programming course.
      Now there's another potentially interesting poll topic - how many people here have had formal programming training?

      In (civil) engineering school we had none, but there was an amusing pass/fail course in 2nd year in which each week you had 3 hours to write a program (on an Apple II) to implement some trivial calculation (e.g. plotting the bending moment diagram for a bridge as a truck passes over it). While I'd been fiddling with computers for years by then, the majority found it very difficult, and I still fail to see what it was to achieve apart from making neophytes into computerphobes.

      I also recall a course in first year that had us doing a bit of Fortran IV on a PDP-11 via VC-404s, and from my observation it was just a way to justify new terminals as my classmates pretty well destroyed those 404s out of rage over the term.

      (my hair is greying but my moustache ain't - go figure)

      (ob. Cadfael comment: now replaying on CBC at midnight IIRC, great fun!)

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