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Recovering from a computer science education

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  1. teaearlgraycold
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    I'm guilty of creating solutions for problems that don't exist, or just toying around with technology without any real purpose. But I don't see any harm in that. I work in software development and...

    I'm guilty of creating solutions for problems that don't exist, or just toying around with technology without any real purpose. But I don't see any harm in that. I work in software development and make real things there. If you're a professional then you necessarily are solving real world problems. All of my other time with computers can be as unproductive and obsessively niche as I want.

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    joplin
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    Title is misleading and click baity despite the author toning it down. It's less about recovering from a computer science education and more about avoiding the toxicity of the software development...

    Title is misleading and click baity despite the author toning it down. It's less about recovering from a computer science education and more about avoiding the toxicity of the software development community. It's a reasonable set of things to do.

    7 votes
    1. sigma
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      I dont think its specific to computer science. The internet in general has some very extreme takes that are often presented as normal for people in the know in any hobby. Just stop taking...

      I dont think its specific to computer science. The internet in general has some very extreme takes that are often presented as normal for people in the know in any hobby. Just stop taking everything too seriously and arguing about things that ultimately dont matter to your personal life and move on to other things.

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    SkewedSideburn
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    Do they? Any kind of art seems like a magic to me, to be honest

    Do something artistic. Write songs or short stories, sketch, learn to do pixel art. Most of these also have the benefit of much shorter turnaround times than any kind of software project.

    Do they? Any kind of art seems like a magic to me, to be honest

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    1. hungariantoast
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      I guess that depends on just how short "short stories" can be before they only qualify as something else. But yeah, writing in general is a very easy habit to pick up for certain people. I don't...

      I guess that depends on just how short "short stories" can be before they only qualify as something else.

      But yeah, writing in general is a very easy habit to pick up for certain people. I don't just mean creative writing either, but other stuff, like keeping a journal (or "diary", if you're braver than I am).

      As for sketching, yep, that's also something you can pick up very quickly. You might be sketchptical, but think about it like this: it's sketching, not drawing. Totally different concept. Sketching is, as the name implies, sketchy, fast, and loose. Easy.

      Pixel art? Pffft. That's pretty much the only art form I will ever claim to be decent at, and it's really just about placing colored blocks in correct positions to make something nice. If you can be creative in Minecraft, you can do pixel art.

      Obviously though, the ceiling on any of these things is very high.

      Short stories become novels.

      Sketching becomes drawing.

      Pixel art... remains pixel art, but it just keeps getting better and better.

      Making music? I am less sure. I have never heard of a famous musician.

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  4. twisterghost
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    For real. I dipped in and out of this space for a bit and there's not much to gain from it but lots to lose. Especially in a career in this field, people don't want to work with someone who...

    It's far too easy to get wrapped up in discussions of the validity of functional programming or whether or not Scheme can be used to make commercial applications or how awful PHP is. The deeper you get into this, the more you lose touch.

    For real. I dipped in and out of this space for a bit and there's not much to gain from it but lots to lose. Especially in a career in this field, people don't want to work with someone who gatekeeps languages or methodologies. It took one real incident for me when working with someone like that to realize I never want to be that guy.

    1 vote