4.23.2008

This just in: computers are not boring.

I keep wanting to write something specifically about working in software but I'm not ready yet. It's too fresh, too unresolved, too fuzzy to make metaphors about yet. There's a post coming in the next week or so about how I feel coming into such a foreign world, but I can't make informed jokes about JAVA just yet. Give me a week.

Here's what I can say, guys: living abroad makes you so strong that you can do ANYTHING. Any freaking thing. On Monday, I sat in a meeting in which I understood approximately 48% of what was happening. I took some notes. I jotted phrases and vocab down. And most importantly, I didn't freak out. Because you know what? I've been in conversations where I've understood far less and lived to tell about it!

I can't even tell you how valuable language skills have been over the past few days. Everyday I learn a few new vocab words (widget, XML, http) and the next day I'm able to follow that much more of the conversations around me. I felt it today in the meeting- my brain would hear something that only two days ago was unfamiliar and today it recognized the signals and let me understand a bit deeper.

The guys (and a few girls!) that I work with are all linguists themselves, no buts about it. I watch them move effortlessly between computer languages all day and they don't even realize how similar they are to the trilingual 4-year olds I was working with at the old job just last week. Coding isn't part of my job, but I have to understand some basic idea of how all of this works, partially because I need to 'get' it to sell it. And partially because it's kind of fascinating.

My dweebification is almost complete. Feel free to mock; at least I made it past Middle School.

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