I want to be like Andy dufresne
I work in a computing environment ( developing ERP), where the only thing that matters is patience and perseverence, not brilliance. The entire code (written in another country) is so bad that it would probably take 10 years to clean up. And the company is not interested because it "works".
Read the book (it's Stephen King's).
Watch Terminator 1-3. That will give you a few ideas about what to do with crappy code. Yes, SR is a good movie, but from there to be the greatest movie ever... you need to go more to the movies.
You want to be convicted for a murder you didn't commit, given two life sentences, imprisoned, anally raped, beaten, and then forced to live out the rest of your life as a fugitive in another country? It's one of my favorite movies, but I wouldn't go so far as to say I want to be like Andy Dufresne.
I think the point is that Mr.Andy never gave up hope, and created himself a solution by patience, persistence... a microt at a time.
"Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'"
I've seen/heard the "yeah it's crap... but it works" argument once too many times also.
"I'm also, frankly, having a hard time seeing the connection to programming."
'obtuse'? I'll show you obtuse!!
>>I'm also, frankly, having a hard time seeing the connection to programming.
For what it's worth, it's ranked #2 on the IMDB "Best Movie" rankings (beaten only by "The Godfather").
That list is crap if it puts The Maltese Falcon and Bridge over the River Kwai at 49 and 52 and The Usual Suspects at 18. I mean, the Usual Supects is a good movie, but that much better than these? The Two Towers as the fifth best movie ever? Did they do a poll on Slashdot or what?
I don't think you'll ever find any sort of common agreement on any sort of "top" listings that are based on subjective measures rather than empirical metrics. Personally I find "Star Wars" at number 11 to be absurd, as to me that was a B-grade, boring and drawn out waste of time.
I just saw LOTR Return of the King yesterday. While I enjoyed the movie, I don't think it was the best one I've seen this year, much less #4 of all time. (Mystic River was better, i think)
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