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My age is

by vroom (His Eminence)
on Nov 01, 2000 at 23:44 UTC ( #39458=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Vote on this poll

Really young
[bar] 1/0%
[bar] 3/1%
[bar] 22/6%
[bar] 49/13%
[bar] 80/21%
[bar] 55/15%
[bar] 74/20%
[bar] 37/10%
[bar] 25/7%
[bar] 9/2%
[bar] 4/1%
[bar] 2/1%
[bar] 1/0%
Buzz off
[bar] 12/3%
374 total votes
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RE: My age is
by vroom (His Eminence) on Nov 02, 2000 at 02:25 UTC
    Well I changed the age ranges and added a slot for 36-39 making the results even less useful.

    vroom | Tim Vroom |
RE: My age is
by dws (Chancellor) on Nov 02, 2000 at 04:08 UTC
    Can I pick the base?
RE: My age is
by nop (Hermit) on Nov 02, 2000 at 02:23 UTC
    I would've guessed the Perl Monks as group were younger! Not sure why I had this impression... the youthful energy and zest of the gang, perhaps? So, who claims the title of youngest Perl Monk? Oldest? Who claims the highest posts-to-years ratio? Interesting, interesting, interesting!
      So, who claims the title of youngest Perl Monk?

      I think it's either zdog or mt2k. I don't know for sure but I'm guessing they're around 15 (I'm 16).


        I probably do, then. See my reply to the original poll.

        Update: See update / "hey!" at ar0n's node below.

Uhm, what about...?
by tedv (Pilgrim) on Nov 01, 2000 at 23:51 UTC
    Where do 36 to 39 year olds vote?

      They don't matter.
        hahaha :)
RE: My age is
by Blue (Hermit) on Nov 02, 2000 at 00:00 UTC
    There was a point where I was old for my age. Now I'm young for my age. Does that mean that I just have some constant factored in, and I passed it?

    As long as my warrenty doesn't expire, I'm happy.

    =Blue might be eaten by a grue...

RE: My age is
by cadfael (Friar) on Nov 02, 2000 at 01:08 UTC
    Well, based on a sample of 45 responses, I see that you youngsters are in the majority. There's got to be more of us that are approaching the half century mark.....

    "Computeri non cogitant, ergo non sunt"

      ph34r the youth

      Great tagline. I had to dust off the old Latin.


Youngest Monk
by elusion (Curate) on Nov 04, 2000 at 07:44 UTC
    Maybe I qualify for youngest monk. I'm only 14. (15 in January)

    - p u n k k i d
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -Albert Einstein

(jeffa) RE: My age is
by jeffa (Bishop) on Nov 01, 2000 at 23:50 UTC
    I'm getting old, I just turned 30 and I picked 30-35 instead of 25-30. Oh well, at least gray hair is better than no hair.

      Ha ha, you're no longer in a coveted marketing demographic ... hey, wait, that hurts.

      Philosophy can be made out of anything. Or less -- Jerry A. Fodor

RE: My age is
by Albannach (Monsignor) on Nov 02, 2000 at 02:19 UTC
    ... apparently undefined! Why not a 36-39 group?

    I guess this makes me timeless though...

    Update 1: Will that teach me to respond before reading the thread? Probably not!

    Update 2: ... and now fixed so quickly I shouldn't have even commented. Blame it on the instant gratification culture of the 'net! This wouldn't have happened if we all submitted replies on punched cards! Now where's that nurse with my colonic...

    A reply falls below the community's threshold of quality. You may see it by logging in.
RE: My age is
by mirod (Canon) on Nov 02, 2000 at 04:28 UTC

    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 ;--)

      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!)

      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.. :)

RE: My age is
by lindex (Friar) on Nov 03, 2000 at 07:31 UTC
    The strength of youth will overcome the wisdom of age... or is that the other way around?
    No matter as long as I dont have a colostomy bag :)
    p.s. I turned 19 as of 10/15/00

    /****************************/, /*****************************/
RE: My age is
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 04, 2000 at 20:10 UTC
    This whole year I thought I was 23 but i just realized a few weeks ago that I'm actually 22. I dont smoke crack but maybe i should start?
RE: My age is
by IoaPetra (Novice) on Nov 04, 2000 at 18:29 UTC
    The 23-25 bracket is odd, I wonder why there is such a sharp drop off while the two around it are way higher?

    .:. Ioa Aqualine Petra'ka

      It is because the the 26-30 range is wider (covers more years) than the 23-25 range. If we divide each number of responses by the number of years in that range (skipping the top and bottom entries), then we get the following:

      which is missing the dip in the middle that bothered you.

              - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
RE: My age is
by damian1301 (Curate) on Nov 07, 2000 at 03:19 UTC
    im probably the youngest one he to post a reply... Im only 13! AHhh well,Give your knowledge, your power, your strength then run from me :-)
RE: My age is
by AgentM (Curate) on Nov 02, 2000 at 00:38 UTC
Re: My age is
by premchai21 (Curate) on Mar 12, 2001 at 01:56 UTC
    12 as of now.
      Kudos to you then. I know when I was <non-offensive age>, Visual Basic (long forgotten) and HTML && Javascript were "my thing". I was <non-offensive age + 1> when I first installed Linux (slack). Then again, Linux installs have been getting easier :-)

      Oh God, I feel old. Bring back the nineties! Times were better then! Prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders!

      hey! What's so offensive? If you don't agree with me, downvote and reply. Don't be lazy. I have xp to spare, I'm just curious.

      update: I've deleted any reference to an age, in order to not offend anyone...


        Visual Basic... hmm. I think it was three or so years back when I learned VB, and about six years ago when I learned just plain B(ASIC). HTML and JS I can do OK, but not expertly.

        I really should install Linux, or another one of the free Unixen, on my machine... but, unfortunately, I have an obscure (read: unsupported) video card which won't work without the latest X, and since I'm 12, I'm not exactly free to just go and get the latest distribution. I could theoretically download it, but my Net connection is currently a 56k modem. Fortunately I have a good high-speed connection through the university, and some CD-Rs. Maybe I can fetch it through one of the labs on campus into a CD-R and use that.

        Of course, then there's also C(++), (Emacs) Lisp, Perl (obviously), Java, and bits of sed, sh, VRML, Z80 ASM, TI C, TI-Basic...

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