Discussion at Desk

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This one's dedicated to our glorious webmistress Sara Trice, who shared with me more than once during her recent (and successful!) job hunt her frustrations with companies looking for "rockstar developers" and "code ninjas."  Yes, this really is a thing.  I'm worried the buildup is too obvious, and dropped a groupie reference from the first draft in an attempt to mitigate this.

The problem, of course, with "rockstar" developers is that once the rock star leaves, the rest of the band kinda falls apart because they can't read his lyrics, let alone complete his unfinished songs.  And the rock star himself, of course, often goes off and starts a solo career, only to crawl back to the band when he fails miserably.

Most IT companies do better when the assemble a group of session musicians, mixing seasoned veterans with new up-and-coming players, and holy crap are you as tired of this analogy as I am?  Jeez, this comic is supposed to be my side project, not an extension of my main gig.  I'm going to shut up now.

Mrs. Shoebox went to bed early tonight, and is therefore unable to provide her usual commentary and quality control.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


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Brass Orchid
11/12/2014 10:21 am
No... no. It works. Actually wasn't expecting that. Employees who show up drunk and high and flip out and attack people isn't a giveaway.
But I'm a Postal Service retiree, so I might have not have seen it coming for other reasons.

11/13/2014 11:29 am
Did not kill people when he flipped out?


Brass Orchid
11/14/2014 11:35 am
The Ninja does not kill without need. A death is a signature and a signal of your presence, neither of which is desired in the execution of duty.
Well, not fruit ninja, obviously.

11/17/2014 06:18 am
I'm hoping Allakaf is not a bot, but am not hopeful.

Adding my voice - did not see the punch line coming. It works!

It did remind me of a favorite memory from my working life - my supervisor came by and asked where N.N. (a colleague) was. Without looking up from my workstation, pausing or changing expression, I replied, "I ate him, and threw the bones out of the window." He almost collided with the wall.

Brass Orchid
11/17/2014 10:17 am
You never know. Random spam may be how Rock-star Code Ninja web developers drive up their click count. Or... antibiotics may be needed for the cuts and abrasions associated with web design, due to the large amounts of rotting snack products left in cubicles to provide a breeding ground for anaerobic bacteria. There is always hope if you are willing to be delusional about things.

11/17/2014 02:44 pm
Said spam would now appear to be invisible, lending credence to your theory.


11/17/2014 04:41 pm
Also, "developer who thinks s/he is a rockstar" != "rockstar developer" -- nobody wants a programming Nickelback....

Brass Orchid
11/18/2014 11:04 am
@Shoebox: Spam ninja are the most mysterious. They appear from the darkness, exist for a brief moment, and then they are gone. They are the random quantum vacuum fluctuations of the internet.

Gerry Quinn
11/19/2014 09:03 pm
Agree, it works well. Made me laugh and I didn't see it coming.

11/19/2014 10:12 pm
Wow, I found a really weird accidental re-use of the rockstar ninja phrase. Yesterday's Sherman's Lagoon comic (11/18) used "Ninja Rockstar" as a description of what his kid wants to be when he grows up. :-D Apparently the Internet, once again, has ninjas on the brain.