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(Mercury News)   Silicon Valley to get its own reality TV show. Network execs promise the intrigue of writing source code during the day and the excitement of playing video games at night   (mercurynews.com ) divider line 18
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2012-04-06 09:17:24 AM  
Been done:

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2012-04-06 09:26:53 AM  
... and this will be remembered as when the "geeks are cool" trend jumped the shark.
 
2012-04-06 10:15:27 AM  
Who wants to bet "Fark: Behind the Scene" is more interesting than that?
 
2012-04-06 10:47:01 AM  
Totally wrong. Write code at night, sleep in the morning, play video games all other times.
 
2012-04-06 11:00:54 AM  
This will fail if there are no hillbillies or skanks
 
2012-04-06 11:08:09 AM  
[Play by play] AAAAaaaand he's declaring a bignum!
[color] Interesting that he should do that, Bob. It's certainly going to affect framerate. Wonder what he has in mind?
[Play by play] OH NO!!!! He forgot to void!
[Color] Ooooh, poor decision on the field, there ... he's going to have a hard time tracking that bug down.
[Play by play] That reminds me of the single-equals game deciding mistake in the Coder Nationals in Oh-Nine.
[Color] Yes, that was when Wisnewski got the Golden Lightsaber. It was a night to remember.
[Play by play] He passed that parameter with AUTHORITY. We'll all remember "The Pass".
 
2012-04-06 11:38:44 AM  

StopLurkListen: [Play by play] AAAAaaaand he's declaring a bignum!
[color] Interesting that he should do that, Bob. It's certainly going to affect framerate. Wonder what he has in mind?
[Play by play] OH NO!!!! He forgot to void!
[Color] Ooooh, poor decision on the field, there ... he's going to have a hard time tracking that bug down.
[Play by play] That reminds me of the single-equals game deciding mistake in the Coder Nationals in Oh-Nine.
[Color] Yes, that was when Wisnewski got the Golden Lightsaber. It was a night to remember.
[Play by play] He passed that parameter with AUTHORITY. We'll all remember "The Pass".


This is why I don't talk about my work to non-software engineers. It's both extremely boring and confusing to them. It's better for everyone if nothing is said.

With AUTHORITY. Nice.
 
2012-04-06 11:53:58 AM  
Is Seanbaby involved?

No?

Fark them.
 
2012-04-06 01:12:27 PM  

Rapmaster2000: StopLurkListen: [Play by play] AAAAaaaand he's declaring a bignum!
[color] Interesting that he should do that, Bob. It's certainly going to affect framerate. Wonder what he has in mind?
[Play by play] OH NO!!!! He forgot to void!
[Color] Ooooh, poor decision on the field, there ... he's going to have a hard time tracking that bug down.
[Play by play] That reminds me of the single-equals game deciding mistake in the Coder Nationals in Oh-Nine.
[Color] Yes, that was when Wisnewski got the Golden Lightsaber. It was a night to remember.
[Play by play] He passed that parameter with AUTHORITY. We'll all remember "The Pass".

This is why I don't talk about my work to non-software engineers. It's both extremely boring and confusing to them. It's better for everyone if nothing is said.

With AUTHORITY. Nice.


At least non-devs can relate to games. Try explaining business intelligence to, well, anyone. All the excitement of a snowflake database schema, mixed with the thrill of kappa-means cluster analysis.

"OK, now the cool thing about the leaf members in an unbalanced hierarchy for a parent-child dimension used to aggregate this measure group is... Bob? Bob? Are you OK?"
 
2012-04-06 01:38:24 PM  
I can pretty much guarantee you won't see any real programmers on that show, just those wankers in dockers who roll in, do a snake oil medicine show, rake in VC dollars and sell the company as fast as possible. And chicks with fake boobs jumping up and down.
 
2012-04-06 02:49:51 PM  

Contents Under Pressure: I can pretty much guarantee you won't see any real programmers on that show, just those wankers in dockers who roll in, do a snake oil medicine show, rake in VC dollars and sell the company as fast as possible. And chicks with fake boobs jumping up and down.


This, absolutely. It's not just wankers in Dockers, either - CSB anecdote:

I was hired as the CTO for what was supposed to be a "ground floor startup Internet company" in west Seattle that turned out to be a collection of machines running in the basement of the dumbest right-wing Dittohead I've ever met, along with what appeared to be a college intern serving as the CIO (read "ensured that the servers stayed running.")

See, he was pitching a business selling hunting & fishing licenses on the Internet, and his entire business ran on an iMac and a couple of old Windows servers. He wanted to get into the big leagues, and so I was to develop a Windows DNA-based modular solution he could roll out quickly. I did the design bit, worked up the docs, and watched him immediately try to pitch it, as a full package, for VC money.

As an officer of the company, of course, I had to tell the VCs that this was in the design stages at present and wasn't implemented - I didn't relish the idea of personal liability, and "full disclosure" actually means something to me. When the VCs turned him down, he flipped out. I quit right then and there, in the middle of him fuming about how he was going to "get me and make me pay."
 
2012-04-06 03:06:26 PM  
Network execs promise the intrigue of writing source code during the day and the excitement of playing video games at night

Hey, it's working for Big Bang Theory.
 
2012-04-06 05:52:21 PM  
If it takes place inside one of those soulless sweatshops like Zynga it might have some lulz potential.
 
2012-04-06 08:02:14 PM  

natazha: Totally wrong. Write code at night, sleep in the morning, play video games all other times.


Winner.

When I worked in SJ, I would show up at work at 10 to 11 am, go to lunch shortly there after, nap and then actually write code from like 4pm in the afternoon to about 11pm at night. If I was really on a tear, it'd be until 2 or 3am in the morning.

I was also dating a technical writer that worked there and we would both "work late", which amounted to taking a break every couple of hours to screw each other in one of the breakout rooms.

Good times.
 
2012-04-06 09:50:58 PM  

BumpInTheNight: If it takes place inside one of those soulless sweatshops like Zynga it might have some lulz potential.


Far more interesting to just follow "The Trenches."
 
2012-04-06 10:50:28 PM  

BumpInTheNight: If it takes place inside one of those soulless sweatshops like Zynga it might have some lulz potential.


They already made that movie, it's called "Office Space."
 
2012-04-07 01:41:25 AM  
jjorsett has a decent point considering "big bang theory". You can look further back at "Hackers". Anjelina jolie serves the same purpose as the eye candy on bbt. In addition, in both examples..... everything is dumbed down to the point that the everyman can vaguely understand what is going on, but basic realities are violated. The worst/ best example of this i have found is the csi series, csi:ny in particular. The reality violation has gotten to the point that most law schools recognize a "csi" effect on juries (the need for more evidence than is humanly possible). Now consider that effect on policy makers considering coders. The implications ate terrifying.
 
2012-04-07 06:02:09 AM  
The show is called "Whattever we can find in the archives so we can pretend like we have talent."

That's the show....
 
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