I’ve begun spending time with my oldest, @Roenne, and showing her some basic programming languages and I’ve decided to have her take a stab at Ruby. Here’s her first few lines:
I’m beginning to test the Karma mobile hotspot system since I’m spending a lot of time traveling from place to place to interview potential hires as well as interview potential students and I really do enjoy having these engagements in a local coffee shop because of the environment and casual atmosphere.
Of course the wifi in these locations completely suck and some of them can be so saturated to the point where you can’t even join them to begin with! That’s sad and I’ve been wanting a solution for sometime.
It continues to baffle me that there are people in my life that, on their own volition, still listen to me without throwing their hands up in the air in frustration.
My wife is one of those people and she has heard it all (and then some). From wild and crazy ideas to the impossible and then back again as well as walking with me through my intense struggles with depression, anxiety1, fear and even anger at the way things are, the way things happened, and the way I’d love things to be.
Great life partners can do that (and a few friends and professional partners as well, on occasion although it’s very rare) and can fully stand against a growing tide and love the person they see beneath. I am not quite capable of doing this myself for others (i.e. I’m not very good at this in the slightest) but I recognize the time and the effort for it to be done.
I’m quite thankful.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not that guy that believes every single person should learn to become a software developer or engineer as that just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.1
I will admit that I strongly believe everyone should have some fluency in software because it’s becoming impossible to not come into contact with it at any personal and professional but again, “fluency” does not mean distinct “expertise.”
But for those that have considered a career in technology and have thought to themselves a handful of times that perhaps coding and software might be a part of their future then I would encourage you, strongly, to start today, not tomorrow.
I had a moment of panic earlier this week as I sat staring at a completely empty ballroom just a few minutes from starting a presentation. The 3 people who had originally been sitting before me had left after they quickly realized they were in the wrong room.
And so there I sat, alone, in an incredibly large room (it felt as if it was getting larger by the second) with what I believed to be a very decent workshop topic and not a single soul to hear it.
Wow. Not a single person is going to show up to my talk. This is a complete and utter disaster. What a waste of my time. Seriously? Fuck this.
I’ll be honest, my ears burned from a combination of my pride being challenged as well as the fact that I was on the tail end of a very challenging 10 days of travel away from my family. I had serious thoughts of walking out the door and heading to the airport.
There are times when you are tired and you’re cranky and the world is literally falling apart. Then there are times where the exhaustion is deeply satisfying, the result of a job well-done.
I hope and work for the latter every single day but when I experience the former it reminds me that I have said “Yes” more than I should have; that I over-committed and stretched myself too thin.