Option to Buy

More New Orleans beauty. I don’t recall where this was taken, but i wish I did. I could spend a couple of hours shooting all the textural goodness of this building.

Daily affirmation: Get one longstanding thing done today.

This affirmation is something that I’ve been trying to do all week. I think I cracked it last night. It’s nerd-related and I’m proud of myself for learning all the stuff I needed to move forward toward completion. MySQL, PHP, 77 browser windows (all with at least half a dozen tabs open) and only a smidge of caffeine.

I’ve got my dev server up. I’m doing work. I’m staying up way too late on said work. It feels good.

However. When I get into the state necessary to focus on database code (and it’s largely syntax that is my stumbling block), other things fall off the radar. Like blogging. Shooting photos. Progressing on projects and the like. The sludgy feeling of poking around a large database and extracting things programmatically is very cool, but it’s kind of anti-climactic. Most one-time data operations are like that. You spend hours and hours perfecting the commands and queries. Then when you run it and it works, you see that the server spent 0.2258 seconds to execute it. While that speed is very cool, there just isn’t a big enough payoff. I’m thinking that when you run a batch of successful commands on a database, the computer needs to transform into things like:

  • Supermodels
  • Charcoal grill
  • Full drumline
  • Time portal that opens and send you to a warm (not too hot) beach
  • Perfectly fitting Iron Man® suit with a minimum two hours of power

Just saying.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    Ha, I know what you mean. In college I pursued a double major in computer science for a while, until I realized that it was killing me to follow 2 interests with such hard to quantify/slow to manifest gains. Creative writing was my greater passion, so I dropped programming (and picked up design and Spanish minors instead).

    I swear you’re a mind reader, because your daily affirmation happens to be my goal for today as well.

  • http://www.ryanwaddell.com Ryan Waddell

    The anticlimax of having your code just “work” is definitely one of the funnier aspects of coding for a living.  There’s usually a bug or two in stuff that I write, but every once in a while I’ll spend 2 or 3 days writing code, and start up the debugger and it just WORKS.  And it’s like “Wait, that’s it?” – when really, I should be thinking “YES, no bug fixing required!”

  • islay girl

    love this daily affirmation. probably because i was thinking this yesterday, so now the Universe is officially telling me to Deal With The To-Do List. Thanks, Jon. 

  • americanrecluse

    I totally want to buy that building despite the obvious water damage and probable black mold problem okay never mind.

    I think if your code is bug-free, your computer should spit out a full kickline. Actual Rockettes. Big feathered hats. Horn section. You know, just the basics.

  • chernevik

    I vary the quality of my nightcap with the quality of the day’s coding.  It isn’t much of a celebration, but it’s something.

  • http://twitter.com/PollyJCole Polly Cole

    Yeah. What you just said.
    On an unrelated note – remember Q*bert?

  • PandoraHasABox

    I have a Don Quixote-esque desire to save all the fabulous old buildings that have fallen, unloved like Miss Havisham, into dis-repair.  Some people call it a sickness.  I call it DREAMING BIG.