sometimes I wish that computer science followed an apprenticeship model where a wiser mentor teaches you best practises. actually useful things like "here is how you run an open source project without being an ass" or "here is how to clean the scroll wheel of your mouse"
when are we going to get a workshop tradition and philosophy for computer science
wouldn't it be cool if computer scientists were as proud of their craft and always strived toward perfecting their art like woodworkers
instead we have the all-to-common opinion that "computers are garbage and can never be good"
sometimes things are good. sometimes code is elegant and fun to read. sometimes programming is fun and rewarding
but I understand where this sentiment comes from, believe me. we live in a corporate hellscape, where anything that can be sold immediately stops being an art and instead becomes a commodity. I've worked at many jobs where the heart and soul I pour into my work goes to waste, or is built upon disgusting foundations.
but not all art has to be corporate, and not all code needs to be, either
anyway I truly believe that programming can be good and valuable, and not in the capitalistic sense of the word "value"
did you know woodworkers are proud of their kludges to fix broken pieces or blemishes?
I kinda wanna write a short story from this universe
@SuricrasiaOnline my ideal job is "maintains machines which bulk manufacture food for several communes"
@SuricrasiaOnline this is such a huge mood
I want to think of myself as a craftsperson, but it's hard when the prevailing attitude seems to be "hahaha who knows why code does anything"
@SuricrasiaOnline this is how i feel about computer science, and having trouble finding that in the world was a big contributor to me dropping out of the program after a couple of years :( but i've been taking this approach in slowly inching back towards it.
@SuricrasiaOnline would've been hard to keep a mentor back when we're started, given how we were at the time :/
@SuricrasiaOnline "I woke up at 5:00AM and disassembled the keyboards for cleaning again. It's a pain, but how else am I supposed to be allowed to learn how to mangle C into forms worthy of appreciation."
@violet "The trader shifted from side to side nervously. They said something about their papers. My mentor was standing behind the counter, her arms crossed. 'It'll be done processing when it is done processing.' she said firmly. The trader mumbled something about volume and volatility and prices and shorting and timing. My mentor stood strong. 'There are more important things on the queue than your money making schemes. We will call when it is done. Now go.'"
@SuricrasiaOnline We were thinking of how unpleasant it could be, but then the mentor was adamant in delivering quality and we almost swooned.