What makes a great product developer? They are an absolute kick ass programmer that doesn’t budge on their vision. They own the product. Its their baby. Schlocking it up with bells and do dads that are just “hung on” kills them. They believe in the architecture. They are a pain in the ass. They get stuff done ten times faster than anybody else. They don’t tolerate meetings. When somebody wants something changed, they dig in like an Alabama tick.
This is exact opposite of what makes a person great in a services environment. Get something done in a day that could be milked for a month? Literally, you’re killing yourself. You need to find 19 more days of billable hours or your utilization rate is going to hell. Customer asks for changes or better yet doesn’t know what their doing and whirls round and round?? That’s called job stability not a reason to tell them to fuck off.
Again, not saying one is better than the other, just saying different.” —
(wish I had read this a long time ago)
“Everyone says the Bay is dead, the result of urban apocalypse and that’s bulls**t,” says Kirk while shoving squid into a little contraption that he’ll use to catch crabs. We are standing on St. Francis Jetty looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge and the sun has not yet overtaken the moon in the sky. Kirk’s an entertainer as well as a fisherman. His grandparents and parents were vaudevillians and actors on Broadway, but Kirk’s shtick — and it is a bit of a shtick — is the ocean.
Specifically, extracting creatures from it without a boat. His signature fishing method involves poking around for fish with a pole that has a six-inch line and a baited hook at the end. A practice that’s aptly named “poke poling.”
“One day I was casting into the water all day and getting nothing. I’d lost 60 bucks of tackle and was utterly defeated when I saw this guy walk by with a pole and bucket overflowing with fish. I thought ‘no freaking way,’ Kirk said. “I asked him what his secret was and he said ‘Everyone fishes out there,’ pointing to the water, ‘but the fish are right here,’ pointing to the rocky coast.”
The guy called himself ‘Cambodian Stan.’ He let Kirk follow him for three days until he got the swing of things. Now the poke pole is a permanent part of Kirk’s repertoire.
The rest of his repertoire revolves around his encyclopedic knowledge of the creatures that live in and around the Bay. The goose barnacles, the mussels, the crabs, the rockfish. The herring, the salmon, the sardines, the eel. Especially the eel. Kirk holds the California state record for catching the largest monkey-faced eel.
We had our backs turned to the city the entire tour. Which was kind of the point. San Francisco’s vast cultural and architectural riches can sometimes reduce the Bay to blue embroidery around the bottom of a window, but the sea-foraging expedition reasserts the water to its rightful place at the center of things.” —Going wild for food in San Francisco - CNN.com
At some point I’m going to have to catch up and figure out who this Warren chick is