I’m a Princess Programmer

I’ve been programming professionally for eight years now.  Something I encountered early on was the non-programmer business professional’s appraisal that programmers are “princesses”.  I always bridled at that, but now I identify.

I actually don’t have the time to write a pretty blog post.  I never do anymore.  Nevertheless, I’ll just say that being a “princess programmer” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  The very thing that makes a programmer a “princess” is the very thing that makes them good.

For instance, I realized, I don’t like to program without 4 monitors, 3 of which must be in portrait mode.  Also, I require a mechanical keyboard with at least two mice, left and right, at least one of which is a Logitech smooth scroller.  I prefer my keyboard to be “10 keyless” (no numpad).  I also have expectations about the speed of my computer and my graphics card and the updatedness of the programs I use to program programs.

I am a princess programmer.

But… I am also absurdly effective.  I’m worth two of me.  I am good at developing workflows, yours and mine.  I have workflows that I use to develop your workflows.  I develop workflows at levels of detail that bring you to tears.  I develop workflows at the level of my workflow-building tools.

Understandably, my tools are important to me.  My various hammers beat out your various hammers.

Call us princesses.  Call us soldiers.  You can’t win your war without us.  Don’t complain about how sharp we’ve become accustomed to our swords being when you expect us to cut through iron.

Yoga is

He-who-shall-soon-make-a-fool-of-himself-but-for-now-has-a-handle-on-things says: “hi”.

Yoga is basically and fundamentally about melting the obstacles to a healthy maturation.  Individuation.  Growth.  Unfolding.  Blossoming.  Ing.

It’s hard to express – but try to imagine the most pure expression of school.

A place reserved for teaching and learning what needs to be known and practiced for the achievement of your values in consideration of the objective rules and requirements of our Reality.

School merged with playground

Curiosity and Joy.

Deeper.

There’s something sly to curiosity

questing beyond joy

questioning felt values

harvesting dissatisfaction.

Spiral progressions

through value-space:

a core conflict

enjoying undermining

coalesces through crumbling

Asana is an opportunity to practice moving w/ structural integrity in a breath-united way.  It’s a practice of bringing one’s parts together – as on the mat, so in life.  There’s a strong element of becoming comfortable with oneself – finding cosmic confidence to project one’s desires and perspectives into the world of others.  Learning to flow with one’s own nature, posturally and experientially, in the midst of other natures.  But also of destroying one’s habits.  Destroying complacencies.

Yoga is more fundamental than martial arts because it directly attacks the unreal aspects of one’s life.  Martial arts is an extension of this approach to others.

Considered from a slightly translated perspective, yoga is about the shape of our inner space (inner determiner of our conformation) and martial arts are about the shape of space around oneself (external shapes we have to fit into).

I think of the layers of structure of a protein.  Primary through Quaternary structure.

Yoga is about surviving the self while the martial arts are about surviving the other.

Seeing beyond the self to the Self.

The two together represent human attending to what presents itself: reality as it is: self and other.