Last Thursday Browny and I presented our semester project (which will be live soon, but you can see the testing version at www.theshindig.net/test-server). It took quite an effort to finish (and I use that word tentatively) the implementation of this project, as it has with many others in our university time. There have been quite a few memorable all nighters. One particularly memorable programming stint that went for 36 hours straight where there were three of us in a small room with networked computers (thankfully) and plenty of sugar and caffeine (even more thankfully). This time it didn't quite take an all nighter to finish and that's a very good thing because we couldn't afford to sleep for two days afterward as we are both working full time.
Throughout the time I've spent doing my degrees (B. Business [Banking and Finance] / B. Information Technology [Information Systems]) I've maintained that I don't want to work in IT. That's basically because I couldn't handle the idea of being a little keyboard jockey working on projects I just couldn't give a rat's about. Toward the end of last semester when I was finishing off the last of my finance subjects it became fairly clear that I didn't want to work in finance either, because I'd either end up being a number cruncher or having to log every minute of every day.
Well, now that this semester is coming to a close and I've only got one to go, I'm starting to think more and more that I'd like to be a web designer. I've always been very interested in starting my own business but never really had any idea what doing. The only problem with combining those two great ideas is that every IT student and his mate want to start a web design business - it's a very crowded market. I long to do something at least a little bit creative.
Like taking photos (the first image I'm happy with out of the new camera) or graphic desingn type work. Only problem is I'm not good at either of those things - certainly not good enough to make money from them. Web design is somewhat creative and I'm probably good enough to make some money out of it. But most importantly I actually enjoy it. I find myself desperately wanting to go to sleep at 2am but not being willing to. Not until I've solved this or that problem I'm having with the code or I've got this new functionality working properly. Event though I'm by no means a web developer yet, I get the feeling Laura has some idea of what it means to date a developer.
I also enjoy procrastinating...If only I could make a career out of that. I happened to catch the start of an Oprah show, in one of my fits of procrastination, where Tom Cruise was going off his nut. He claims he is high on 'love'...but I'm almost certain it was something else. Apparently he has gone a little crazy on more than one show recently.
Now I really have to stop procrastinating and start doing documentation for the project.