I was commenting to a friend that “programmer” isn’t the first thing I bring up when chatting with a comely lass, as it has a certain cachet…a really socially awkward one. It’s improving (Sorry, Patti, it still beats accounting in reputation–thank you, Dot Bomb!), but it still exists.
There’s another reason. My degrees are in music and international relations. Though they pay me primarily to program websites to take content and spit it back out again, I’m nearly completely self-taught. So even though I’ve been doing it for a while and have seen other people’s code that was both better and worse than mine, I admit to a little professional insecurity.
No greater validation have I had for a while than being able to reasonably quickly grasp why The Daily WTF? is named as it is. People do some really weird things, and fortunately most of my code wouldn’t qualify (wish I could guarantee nothing of mine will ever show up, but…).
If you’re not a programmer, though, don’t bother. Await my next political rant or perhaps some birdblogging.