Saturday, July 03, 2010

Another random picture

I got a new peony at the farmer's market. Yeah, I know, retail therapy, blah blah.

But isn't she pretty?

More changes at work. I am doubtful, but I'll try them, and maybe it will help some of the problems. My intentions are to take this opportunity to learn the current programming methodologies and go in the developer direction. I have become cynical and disenchanted with testing jobs, as it appears (based on my own experience and observation), that the vast majority of companies don't value it much at all, and it's the first thing to go. I certainly don't get paid as well and the only upward direction is management. So screw it, at least this will give me more options. I was long partially hostile towards XP since the first project I worked with an XP team didn't feel the need for non-developer QA at ALL, and it was one of the biggest messes I've ever seen. And unfortunately had to take part in. But the Agile work we've been doing is a vast improvement over waterfall and some of the best work I've ever done.

Sorry, technical crap jargon probably most people don't care about. And you shouldn't feel too bad for me, since I am still employed and it's truly still a nice situation. Let's say that when the apocalypso comes my only useful skills will be in knitting. It's lovely to feel something tangible under your fingers after all you do is poke at electricity all day. Wire is even more solid. And shinier.


Hippy Goodwife said...

She's a lovely Peony!

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Knittripps said...

I am disappointed in myself for only having gone to the farmer's market once this year. Lovely peony!

fillyjonk said...

Interesting in that the quality-checking is the first thing to go.

I've long noticed that in textbooks. In fact, I wrote a rather pointy letter to the author of the biostats textbook I use; the new edition from last fall had a rather bad typo in it that required me to stop in the middle of class and entirely recalculate the example just to prove to the students that the formula was actually right.

The author wrote me back, somewhat aghast, and assured me that the errors I had noted would be gone from the next printing.

I also used to pick up a few extra bucks here and there checking textbook chapters for accuracy but it's been a while since I've had any offers to do that. Wonder if they're cutting back too.

Carrie #K said...

Lovely peony!

When the apocalypse comes, sadly, I'll probably still have a job because the New Order will probably exact tribute rather than taxes. Same diff.