Originally posted 2011-10-11 06:07:44.
“See this? Our website? I just want it to suck less. Can you make it suck less? I have a big bag of money for someone that can make it suck less for me. ” - a CTO who shall remain nameless, during a business meeting circa 1999
My Detroitnet.org cards title me “The Geek”.
I have been a trained monkey watching backup tapes spin. I have been a DBA. I have been a helpdesk jockey, a developer, a tech lead and a systems architect. I have also been a manager, a director and a Vice President.
Think of me as you from 10 years (or more…shut up) from now, coming back through a rift in the time/space continuum…all to tell you why you suck as a developer, and what you can do to avoid some upcoming pain that I know is coming your way…
Here’s your final reminder about tonight’s metro Detroit casual networking event for Information Technology professionals in the back room of the BlackFinn in Royal Oak taking place tonight starting at 5:01pm.
Don’t forget to bring three canned food items for the Goodtimes for Gleaners event later in the evening!
Look forward to seeing you tonight, and don’t forget to check out the event details.
Well, this has certainly been an interesting week.
We had our event in Flint last Wednesday night, another event taking place…wow, tomorrow night already at the BlackFinn in Royal Oak, we got the details nailed down for our December event, we had not one but two Don’t Be That Guy entries that went live, Goodtimes for Gleaners is dovetailing with our event tomorrow night at the BlackFinn to help a really worthy cause (see, it’s not always just about beer and snide remarks with us), the #OccupyDetroit discussion thread in the LinkedIn group has turned into the most-discussed topic we’ve ever had, and, of course, there are jobs posted in there as well.
Phew. And that’s just scratching the surface. So, read on…
“Understand this, before you make a comment
Because there’s always a meaning in a Heavy D statement
In this life, I strive for improvement
Be your own guide, follow your own movement“
- Dwight Arrington Myers, aka Heavy D in “We Got Our Own Thang”
RIP, Heavy D. I know I sound a little like Neil Patrick Harris in “Undercover Brother” (yes, I saw it…shut up) when I say this, but I do miss the late 80′s to early 90′s rap and club music that was either “happy” or had more of a deep message to it beyond so much of the stuff that’s out these days. As the wise prophet Chris Rock once said, it’s really hard to defend the lyrical intent and depth of “Move b!tch, get out the way”. And in some way, Detroitnet.org is a result of messages like the one I started off with – we decided we didn’t like where other networking groups were leading, and so we decided to be our own guides, follow our own movement.
So as we start to wind down 2011 with our events in Flint tonight (11/9) and Royal Oak next Thursday (11/17), remember that little bit of cheesiness. Remember Dwight, a guy who embraced who he was, took advantage of the opportunities of the time and place he was in, and made a lot of people bob their heads and dance. And made a lot of money doing it, too.
Okay, enough cheese and mortality reminders today. Let’s start talking about some fun stuff…
Oh, do we have fun for you.
We’ve got our event in Flint taking place next Wednesday, and then on the 17th we’ve got our event at the BlackFinn in Royal Oak that’s had a charity component added to it with Goodtimes for Gleaners coming to play, 1DevDay is taking place this weekend (and it’s ironically named, since it’s actually TWO days…but who are we to judge?), we threw a discount code out there for you in case you’re interested in Brand Camp Detroit, Bob is currently under siege and cowering in his basement as scores of suburban housewives have ringed his house carrying pitchforks and torches after his latest Don’t Be That Guy went live (and we may or may not launch a rescue mission before the Flint event…we’re still laughing too hard to really be of any help), there’s (gasp) actually an intelligent and well thought out discussion taking place about the Occupy movement in our LinkedIn Group…and a few that aren’t so intelligent or well thought out, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff going on.
And, as it is each week…let’s dive in…