PSA for anyone who might be dealing with robot gun dogs, from a farm robot specialist who wasn't really looking at robot wrangling from the public safety standpoint but here we are. https://twitter.com/verge/status/1448661683530977295
when you treat a single lifetime as encompassing the horizon, you cannot form the ambition necessary to perceive the contours of eternity
do you know what mellowed my fucking opinions on the world? being able to curate which other opinions I am exposed to
In the same way "carbon footprint" is a concept with some merit that has been weaponised beyond the point of return by gas companies, "echo chamber" places the blame on consumers of social media when the real problem isn't that they're completely surrounded only by opinions they've selected to hear, it's that the social media companies are bombarding them with things they'll find anger provoking or distressing
there's just no fucking way i can meet every single requirement without putting myself in a corner where i am handling every single dumb fuck edge case possible, which puts us right back where the problem started!
every single step i take reveals two more things that i need to change. it feels like i'm not making progress at all.
so tomorrow i've got my 1-1 with my boss, and i'm just so fucking tempted to just tell him that i'm starting to believe that this project will never see the light of day.
I'm starting to doubt the work I've put in. More edge cases keep coming up and I can only adjust both my data model and my mental model before they're brought to a breaking point (and one of those already came dangerously close). I've one idea I'll try today but the odds aren't looking too hot.
It doesn't help that every last soul to touch this part of the codebase seems to have not known what they were doing, what they were working with, or what they were trying to achieve. Which to be fair, I was warned about.
I suppose if I'm halted on progress for three days because I keep getting confused by the code I'm supposed to be changing, then that's a known cost.
I appreciate that I've made more progress on this than anyone else ever could, but I'm two months in and, well, fuck!
This is what they get for waiting this long to have someone come up with "sane billing code", I guess. Momentum-halting frustration at every new, insane corner of the codebase that I find.
perpetually demotivated C programmer
worked in a library for a few months
currently employed at a webapp startup
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