Just Another Code Monkey

Being a programmer I’ve always been able to relate to Jonathan Coulton’s “Code Monkey” song. Thankfully as the years have passed the treatment I have received from others has steadily improved.

Anyway, I didn’t start this post to write about the experience of being a programmer, I’ll save that for another time. Instead I wanted to mention that I have really been enjoying the “Code Monkey Save World” comics written by Greg Pak and based on songs by Jonathan Coulton.  I backed their Kickstarter project and am glad I did as I’ve really enjoyed everything so far. The comics are great and everything I hoped they would be and better. The CMSW Acoustic Album is excellent as well.

If you aren’t a backer of the project, you can still get the comics via Comixology and you can get Jonathan Coulton’s music via Amazon.

Note that some of his songs have swear words and/or adult content so they are not for everyone, but if you like humor and are not easily offended by life in general then you might want to give them a listen.

That’s all for now.

A New Purpose

Just a quick post to mention that I’m still alive and doing well. Life is busy, but I do miss writing. I have a lot of creative things in mind and most of it is less technical. I think the original purpose is not going to work for me or this site (there are too many sites out there that do it better and more consistently and I’m happy about that).

Being honest with myself here, I haven’t posted in so long because I felt guilty that I could not post quality content within the scope of what I had originally intended this site to be for. Now I realize (or accept, rather) that I need only free myself of that limitation and I can post anything I want. So that is what I will do (and now, hopefully, more often). I think I’ll have some fun with it and let this be an outlet of stress relief for me (and anyone who cares to read it).

So, I look forward to it. See you around folks (figuratively at least).

It’s been a while…

I know it’s been a while since my last post. I really need to get back to using this site more often. I find it difficult for a number of reasons.y_u_no_post

The primary reason is that I’m so busy. I work 40-45 hours per week (sometimes more) and when I get home I spend time with my wife and children. By the time they are all in bed I am either too exhausted to do much thinking or have too many other things I’d rather do.

The secondary reason is that terrible feeling of “what’s the point?” Do people even read blogs any more? Do I have any passion to write? If I did, would it matter…

Maybe I’ll write more tomorrow and see if I can get something going here again.

If you read this, please leave a comment. I am sure that if you do, I will be more inclined to write again.

 

Take care,
Alex

Creativity and my struggle with it

I used to think I wasn’t very creative. I always found it odd when people told me I was creative (like when I’d build something out of a random pile of legos). I appreciate the compliment, but didn’t necessarily understand it.

I have always wanted to be creative… Someday I would love to write a book our draw or paint some really cool artwork, or learn how to play an instrument, or something else that’s creative…

It just seems they every time I try I either freeze up or i’m not ever content with my effort so I give up before I even get started… I tell myself “it’s ok, i’m just not the creative type”.

But is that true? Am I really not they creative? What about all those times people have said I was creative? Were they just trying to make me feel good about myself?

Maybe i’m just “accidentally creative” every now and then?

Or maybe I am creative and i’m just self defeating?

I really don’t know the answer, but I hope some day I’ll figure it out…

I wonder if anyone else feels this way…

(disclaimer: I typed this on my phone, so I apologize for any typos, improper auto-corrects, or what have you.)

Happy Fathers Day

Today is fathers day and so far this has been a great one for me. I got to spend some time by myself which is something I don’t get very often. I spent most of my free time just sitting in my minivan thinking…

It’s been quite an interesting journey so far, being a father… I am blessed to have a great wife and two amazing kids. I am also thankful for my family, extended family, and friends who have helped support me/us in one way or another over the years.

I think that of ask the experiences in my life so far, being a father has changed me the most. By the time my kids are my age I imagine I will have changed so much that I could write a book about it, but who would want to read it?

One of the main changes that comes to mind is that I used to never hesitate to share my opinion, but now I tend to keep things to myself. For example, there are many things I’d like to say right now, but I am going to refrain from doing so for now. Why is that the case? Because i’m still growing and changing and in time I will be wiser than I am now which will probably change my opinion again and I will be left thinning of how silly I was to think and say such a foolish thing.

What am I blathering about?

Well, basically i’m trying to say that I hope my son and daughter learn quicker than I did to listen to their parents and not be so darn insistent on doing everything the hard way just because they can…

We all could stand to learn valuable lessons from our elders, if only we would just shut up and listen long enough to learn from their mistakes and benefit from their successes…

…the cure for what ails you…

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