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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

Journal of rjbs (4671)

Monday May 09, 2005
09:59 PM

slouching toward friday

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I spent today running through a lot of the non-rjbs Perl code with Jay, today. Mostly we looked at huge, scary programs written by and for the engineers, and also at the mostly sane characterization code. My belief now is that the Perl I wrote will be discarded or replaced with VB and Access. I think this may well be good for IQE. They can be one big happy Microsoft family, and they can quickly implement good-enough solutions that they'll never need to extend in the ways they previously demanded.

Honestly, I think the best thing for them is me leaving. I'm so burned out, there.

I've felt really really burned out in general, actually. I tried to hyper-relax last weekend and this weekend, neither time to much avail. In fact, this weekend my inability to really relax started to make me feel edgy and weird. Sunday, we headed out to Newark to get Jay from the airport. We stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way, which was good (but not great). I guess I mentioned this already, yesterday.

Anyway, tonight I thought I'd try to get some reading done in Network Programming with Perl, and I just found myself staring at the screen, feeling really, really useless. This feeling was nearly bordering on panic: "What if I get to my new job and can't perform? What if I just stare at my monitor?"

Gloria went out to get some dark chocolate M&Ms, and I went for my last resort plan: I asked her to get me some soda. I've been basically avoiding caffeine since Februrary, with a few exceptions here and there. It wasn't really bothering me, but I felt like maybe it would help me clear my head. I think it really has!

She got a twelve-pack of diet Pepsi with lime, which is pretty good. This is despite my renewed intent to boycott Pepsi. I will look for a less evil source of caffeine in the future, but something important was at stake here! I really do feel like my mind is cleared a bit, although I can't say for sure that it's caffeine-related. Maybe time will tell, along with the consumption of ten more cans of diet Pepsi with lime.

The dark chocolate peanut M&Ms were OK.

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  • I laughed out loud at your drinking pepsi and
    feeling better. What people will do to avoid
    • Yeah, I think it's sort of pathetic (and mildly scary) to have my moods ruled by my dietary choices. I'd like to be happy and productive without needing caffeine, but if it's a choice between (drinking tea and soda now and then) and (feeling weird and getting nothing done), I think the choice is clear.
  • "What if I get to my new job and can't perform? What if I just stare at my monitor?"

    You're not the only one to have thoughts like that, but you'll do fine :-)

    And if you don't... you can always get back to caffeine ;-)

  • I wouldn't try and force it.

    I consider myself a relatively intelligent person. I do not have to work as hard as most of the people around me to learn new things or produce decent work. This is an advantage I often take for granted.

    I also am sometimes visited by a muse. I have no other way to describe it other than to say the work I produce seems to be coming from somewhere else. Unfortunately, I have found that I pretty much have to shut myself off to the outside world for a period of time before the
    • My stress melts away if I work on writing fiction. Unfortunately, with my schedule and my life being like an excited gas -- energetic, but in too many directions -- I haven't been able to work reliably on fiction.

      It'd be nice if I could; I might be able to calm down and be more productive in other things while at the same time getting another book done. :)


      You are what you think.
  • Honestly, I think the best thing for them is me leaving. I'm so burned out, there.

    Yeah, I've been there too. You're probably right.

    Realistically, no company should attempt to create solutions it cannot maintain itself. Perl, while a wonderful both as a language and a culture, is clearly out of the mainstream. And there are oodles of companies out there that want to focus on widgets and internal procedures, not the latest fads in programming. Any language will suffice, so it's better to choose

    • > Tea!

      Yeah, there's a wonderful coffee and tea shop just down the street from us. Here's a plug, for those of you planning on visiting Bethlehem: It's called "Oh, Alan" and it's in the old Woolworth building on Main Street between Broad and Market.

      I really do enjoy tea, especially darjeeling. He also has a really nice dessert tea called "chocolatea." The thing is that teas sometimes make me feel more thirsty than I was. I suppose I could drink more water, but more tea and more water means I'll be s
      • Hm. A nice pot of iced Moroccan Mint tea would be good. It's a standard blend of green tea and spearmint that's fine straight. Not sweet, but not bland like a pot of chilled hot water. ;-)

        For something suitable for drinking all day long, you may want to start with some fruity teas, at least long enough to get your palate adjusted from drinking Pepsi. The Republic of Tea is way on the overpriced yuppie side of the trade, but they do have some nice blends (both loose and in round bags). But it's a very