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August 29, 2008 12:58 PM   Subscribe

[slyt] Hug a developer today.
posted by sunshinesky (31 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
This is just an ad for headhunters.
posted by Malor at 1:03 PM on August 29, 2008


ouch, did I miss something blatant? My apologies...
posted by sunshinesky at 1:05 PM on August 29, 2008


Nice ad. Otherwise, kind of mediocre.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:07 PM on August 29, 2008


Many developers don't want to be touched....
posted by stubby phillips at 1:20 PM on August 29, 2008


"Show me on the dolly where the developer touched you...."
posted by Floydd at 1:21 PM on August 29, 2008 [3 favorites]


Everyone in the video was male. What about all the unloved female developers out there? I could use a hug too.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 1:25 PM on August 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sexual Harassment: What Employees Need To Know
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:42 PM on August 29, 2008 [3 favorites]


I didn't pick up on the fact it was an ad for headhunters. What was the add part? Was it the logo toward the end? I thought that was the group who produced the video. Not being a developer, perhaps that is why I didn't/don't see the ad part. In a relationship with a developer, I thought it was funny and it brightened my day a bit.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 1:54 PM on August 29, 2008


Hey, the missed the sign that said "I'm a developer and the engineer on my development made a mistake which was covered by the building's insurance. The insurance company then sued the engineer and my company and me personally even though they have no case against myself or my company but are just hoping to get a settlement out of me that would be cheaper than the legal costs involved in defending myself."

That's what it's really like to be a developer.
posted by Pseudology at 2:11 PM on August 29, 2008


It's funny to make fun of the homeless.
posted by Zambrano at 2:14 PM on August 29, 2008


My thoughts exactly, Zambrano.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 3:05 PM on August 29, 2008


You don't have to be crazy to work here, but Helen Wait is.
posted by pracowity at 3:08 PM on August 29, 2008


Besides the whole ad and homelessness, that was just, lame.
posted by signal at 3:16 PM on August 29, 2008


These guys would get a helluva lot more work done if they'd get back to their desks instead of whinging about how lousy their lives are because their pointy-haired boss is clueless.

Oh, it's an ad? Never mind.
posted by not_on_display at 3:17 PM on August 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


Oh boy. Another "Developers run up against the same bullshit the rest of the working world deals with on a daily basis but we're supposed to pretend they're the first ones ever to be shit on by management" piece.

yawwwwwwwn...
posted by Thorzdad at 3:34 PM on August 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


"Bought a copy" of a programming language? When was this made, 1996?
posted by DU at 4:39 PM on August 29, 2008 [3 favorites]


I assume they're getting paid for doing their jobs, regardless of how annoying they are. Is this some kind of "my job is way more annoying than your job" thing? Maybe they should try washing dishes in a busy restaurant.
posted by tehloki at 5:04 PM on August 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


being a developer is a cushy job. quit with the bitching.
posted by mr_book at 5:10 PM on August 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh boy. Another "Developers run up against the same bullshit the rest of the working world deals with on a daily basis but we're supposed to pretend they're the first ones ever to be shit on by management" piece.

yawwwwwwwn...


You know, for the most part you're right, most of those things developers deal with are the same kinds of BS everyone else deals with. But there is a difference. Most software companies are managed by people who don't write software. Or at the best, haven't in years, which is a lifetime in tech.

I'd say it's more like a hospital administrator who doesn't understand why their bills for soap are so high.
posted by butterstick at 5:17 PM on August 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


I particularly like the goatseian logo at the end.
posted by anatinus at 5:23 PM on August 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


The font was too small, and the scrawly black typeface had too little contrast with the gray cardboard.
posted by dhartung at 5:40 PM on August 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


I particularly like the goatseian logo at the end.
posted by tinaanus at 5:23 PM on August 29 [2 favorites +] [!]


Anagrammæponysterical!
posted by BrotherCaine at 6:20 PM on August 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


What the fuck did I just do‽
posted by BrotherCaine at 6:22 PM on August 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


For the benefit of the less anagrammatically adept of us, what was the anagram you had in mind? It an anus? In at anus? I, A Suntan? As in tuna?
posted by tehloki at 10:03 PM on August 29, 2008


Look at the posted by ...

Although, In ta anus would have worked better.
posted by BrotherCaine at 10:42 PM on August 29, 2008


Or It an anus, why not.
posted by BrotherCaine at 10:43 PM on August 29, 2008


*hugs martinX's bellbottoms*

but in a non-harrasment way...
posted by DreamerFi at 12:21 AM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I saw it from silkygreenbelly's point of view. I'm not a developer myself, but found it cute because it echoed the complaints I have to endure at the end of some [apparently] exhausting workdays.

I have worked in several busy kitchens with plenty of dishes, rushes, costs and politics. Yeah, I work hard, but my job is relatively straightforward in those positions. Not half as much BS as your average coding job, from what I've been told firsthand. I don't think I could handle it. It would sure make me irritable to sit in front of a screen day in, day out, inevitably slouching my way to back problems. And that's not even the work part. Mental distress also does not afford the same slack as physical exhaustion in the work setting, quite unfortunately. It's a lot easier to know one's own physical limits than psychological ones.

Everybody works hard. End of story. *hugs everybody*
posted by sunshinesky at 1:11 AM on August 30, 2008


Well, I am an admin/support guy, and those listings were a day for me.

Seriously.
posted by Samizdata at 4:32 AM on August 30, 2008


You know, for the most part you're right, most of those things developers deal with are the same kinds of BS everyone else deals with. But there is a difference. Most software companies are managed by people who don't write software. Or at the best, haven't in years, which is a lifetime in tech.

Agreed. However, you can usually say that about most jobs. I know it's been true throughout my own career. Burned-out creatives elevated to chief management positions and pinhead clients who change their minds hourly. SOP.

The real part that sticks in me about this piece is that the devs I've worked with over the years seemed to be people who aggressively embrace and preach the libertarian mantra of "if you don't like the job, fucking quit and get a different one," while, at the same time, acting like they were the first workers on earth to have to deal with the shifting sands of management folly and dimwittery.

It was actually funny, in a way, listening to them bitch and complain while, at the same time, refusing to push back even a little because of some silly socio-political mindset.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:47 AM on August 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


Ain't Anus
posted by Deathalicious at 3:39 PM on August 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


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