The professional programmer encounters a variety of challenges and annoyances in the line of duty, but by far the top job hazard is Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). We can muddle our way through less than optimal projects and coding blunders (hopefully learning as we go), but it's pretty hard to program if you can't type or double-click.
Google's been posting videos of some interesting Tech Talks on video.google.com. Most of them focus on computer science topics, but there are also some general informational videos on topics like astronomy, biotech and biofuels. I haven't had the time to watch too many of them, but the topics sure are interesting!
I'm always a bit worried when I work with developers or system admins that still think you should "throw in an IISRESET just in case" when deploying ASP.NET applications. Cargo cult server administration at its worst ("Not sure why, but it always seems to help if I throw in an IISRESET after pushing code. If that don't get it, a reboot will!").
A letter read on this week's DotNetRocks (Kimberly Tripp on SQL Server) reiterated the common complaint that our cool codenames have been replaced with exquisitely boring names. I agree - Windows Communication Foundation sounds like an ailment, and WCF sounds like a part number.
Rachel's on the tour with The Danielson Famile (tour dates here, some songs on MySpace) until June 11:
6-2 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill**
6-3 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
6-4 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah w/Goblin Cock
6-5 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
6-6 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
6-8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kayo Gallery
6-9 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
6-10 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
6-11 - Indianapolis, IN - Harrison Center for The Arts
(The band's on tour the rest of the summer)
They're in Portland, Oregon tonight at the Loveland. I'm gonna drive up and see her in San Francisco on Friday at the Bottom of the Hill - cool place.
Then she's back in my world, the one where crazy stuff has been going down. Her car got towed as I was dropping her off at the airport due to a DMV screwup that became my problem, my car got broken into in our driveway, and I even managed to explode a Pyrex container due to some crazy heat differential disaster while roasting lamb chops yesterday. I hope I survive until she returns...
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. I just like saying "My wife? Oh, she's on tour..."