I don’t want someone chatting away to me and telling me how “cool” it all is (I’ve lived long enough as a computer programmer to know it’ll never really be “cool” to be one).
How refreshing (following has tongue completely in cheek):
Programming is for world commerce. It is like agriculture or fossil fuels. It is lot a like baling hay. I’ll give you an example: You wouldn’t write a cartoon book with a plot and running narrative just to show a guy how to bale hay! That would frustrate the guy! He would throw that book in the pig’s pen! He just wants to get straight to the nitty-gritty and, for once in his life, just bale hay, straightway!
I am glad that, by and large, I always worked with people who thought that programming was not like baling hay; that it was something fun, something to be passionate about, something to laugh about. Something that could be- that was- cool. (Note that cool, like doing good, should not- does not- conflict with making piles of cash. They are often best when they run hand in hand.)
I’m going to law school because I want to help these cool, hopefully profitable, not-hay-baling people do their thing, and to beat back those who think otherwise. Thanks to why, rml, Kathy, and the many others who are fighting the good fight in the meantime.
(See also: code and beauty, or something.)
 Yes, I’m still waiting for rml’s poignant guide to the kernel.