tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..
He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.
A friend, who works in the same company (but for a different team) has an abusive team lead.. She's been constantly pressured about the amount of work she's doing, even though she pulled 12+ hours a day for the past week or so.. With the commute, that makes it 16 hours or more per work day..
One day, she sounded really upset about things, so I told her to finish up what she can, go home and sleep a normal 8 hours and then come back the next day.. Unfortunately, on her way home, she gets this call from the team lead saying "I thought you were only going out for a while, get back into office, we got a deadline, yadda yadda yadda"..
When I heard, my first instinct would have been to tell the team lead to stuff it (were I her)..
Trying to get myself into the morass of standards and confusing jargon that make up web services.. not a happy task. 3-4 solid hours of reading sundry specs from W3C last night left me more confused than when I started.. I am suffering from a bad case of "buzzword-itis"
Interesting story at Salon about over-the-top job descriptions..