Re: Resentment

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Jul 07 2001 - 19:54:22 MDT

Russell Blackford wrote:
> Spike Jones said
> How many of us would ever have bothered
> >to learn programming if not to advance our careers? How many of
> >those who would have programmed anyway would have gotten as
> >good at it as we are had not it advanced our careers? Think of
> >poverty as a drill sergeant: in your face for sure, but he ultimately
> >benefits you by teaching you to get with the program.

I got into programming as (a) a means to possibly keep track of
all my different interests and pieces of information I pick up;
(b) as a tool for changing the world; (c) as something to test
myself in the real world with. That I also got to earn my bread
doing it was and is an incredible bonus and one that certainly
allowed me to do more of it.

I pick up new skills when/as I need them or because of an itch
to find a better way of doing something or because a particular
problem interests me and I am arrogant enough of my abilities to
tackle it.

Program? The fun of it is writing your own *program*.

- samantha

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