[FoRK] The guild of fat smelly infrastructure programmers (fun with stereotypes)

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 30 04:20:15 PDT 2013

Defense of the neck beard:


On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org>wrote:

> http://medriscoll.com/post/**9117396231/the-guild-of-**silicon-valley<http://medriscoll.com/post/9117396231/the-guild-of-silicon-valley>
> "It’s funny, but it got me thinking. Who are the 'fat guys who know C++',
> or as someone else put it, 'the guys with neckbeards, who keep Google’s
> servers running'? And why is it that if you encounter one, it's like
> pulling on a thread, and they all seem to know each other?"
> It's always fun finding yet another list of stereotypes that one vaguely
> resembles. Last week it was the hot new category "introverts".
> Oh, and for an article chock-full of stereotypes:
> http://bigstory.ap.org/**article/push-harmony-among-**
> workers-young-and-old-0<http://bigstory.ap.org/article/push-harmony-among-workers-young-and-old-0>
> "Put people of widely different ages together, and there are bound to be
> differences. Baby boomers, for example, are workaholics, while Gen Xers
> demand more work-life balance. Millennials are masters of technology and
> have high, high expectations."
> Damn, I wish I were a millennial and a "master of technology". Instead,
> all this newfangled stuff, with the phones with no buttons, and the
> computers with no keyboards, just confuses and angers me.
> But it's a great idea, promoting understanding by teaching stereotypes.
> Image if we did this with race 50 years ago? "Asians, for example, are
> workaholics, while..."
> - Joe
> P.S. NO I do NOT have a neck beard. I don't even really have a beard. It's
> just stubble that sometimes gets a little long.
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