Continuing in the vein of my last post…
I was just commenting to a friend yesterday that despite the fact that I am surrounded by programmers and engineers every day at work, few if any of them are actually geeks.
It’s kind of creepy. These people work with technology for a living, but when they go home they watch sports and play golf. They give you a blank look if you make Hitchhiker’s Guide references. Even Monty Python references have a 50/50 chance of going over their heads.
Sometimes I’ll try to have a technical conversation about the finer points of a programming language with one of the engineers here, and his eyes will glaze over and he’ll say something like “that stuff’s way over my head”.
What do you even say to that? Hello, you do this for a living! And the worst part is, I can tell they don’t even care. They got their degree, and now they do their job and go to the bar on Friday and don’t even think about code again until Monday morning.
I can’t even comprehend that.