Sunday, March 27, 2005

the doctor is in

No, I'm not the doctor. Dr. Barnett is the name of our computer, and also of a certain horny t.v. character. (She's been hiding out for almost a year, but we expect her to make a dramatic homecoming any episode now…) I wanted “n8han” as my username and blogspot domain, but it was taken by an 8 year-old who’s apparently way ahead of me in this game. I started a new programming job last week. I left my last job after the cool, SoHo company was absorbed by a boring Dallas (yes, Dallas!) based corporation. It took me all of a month find someone within walking distance of the homestead that would hire an enthusiastic but wet-behind-the-ears PHP programmer. (That month did serious damage to my self-esteem, by the way.) I've worked with a number of HTML-spewing technologies, but I settled on PHP as the only one to allow me the following luxuries:
  1. to never again visit the msdn website
  2. to minimize my contact with the factory design pattern pandemic
  3. to test changes without rebuilding (leaving less time for head-banging-on-desk)
  4. to spare my ears and tongue the dot whar phoneme intrinsic to jay to the double eee projects
  5. to cheat like all hell because everyone’s using it for cool stuff and giving away their code
So far things are going great. The boss lets me pitch fifteen different ideas for a feature but is resolute once he’s picked his favorite. I’m sure that’s for the best; left to my own devices I would be dithering in prado all day. (Ok, that is what I was doing when I was left to my own devices.) Besides the boss-man I have exactly one other co-worker, a designer. A three person office will be a new group dynamic for me, but the other two have been at it for five months without the place turning into a season of The Real World: Chesea Internet Startup. I’d like to keep it that way.