I got my “wisdom,” I like to call it that, from many different sources: family, friends, movies, … It’s also often called “useless knowledge.” I can live with that too. And things get most interesting, when we are talking about things which are not (fully) under our control. Opinions then become more and more reflections of how we see things, and not how they are. Well, opinions always are that way, but in those cases this becomes more and more apparent. Let’s take our jobs for example, we love ‘em, we hate ‘em, we need ‘em. If you’d ask me to look at it from an academic perspective, I’d like to first introduce a scale (based on my useless wisdom):

The upper end is defined for me by a quote from Confucius. Actually, the last time I heard it, was when my sister read it to me from Kermit the Frog’s Instagram.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

And for the lower end, which is not that negative at all, I choose a quote from “The Devil Wears Prada.”

“Jobs that pay the rent.”

Well, that is not Confucius, but it certainly does hit the point we oftentimes feel.

Obviously, it’s an open scale from 1 – Love to 0 – Rent, and beyond at both ends. And, there certainly is something like “That’s it. Here is my resignation. Fuck you all.” as well, but I do hope that range is not needed very often. Let’s put that to -1.

So, there you are. A nice Scale between Love and Hate, about our jobs.

If you had one of those days, and you feel like close to zero, or even in the negative, then try to remember a previous day, where you were close to one. Got it? Keep at it. You’re goal for work is to make those days count! And to have more of those days that the others. And, for the other days, don’t forget about your life outside of your job as well!

One of the best Xkcd evergreens:

Fortunately, the charging one has been solved now that we’ve all standardized on mini-USB. Or is it micro-USB? Shit.

Somehow, I never liked GetOpt. I am not convinced by all details of GFlags as well. But, it is the better option than whipping up some CmdLine parser myself.

For the nuget package I focused only on the thread-safe static library. If you need another variant, feel free to reuse my AppVeyor artifacts. Those include basically everything.

As usual, the package code is free: https://bitbucket.org/sgrottel_nuget/gflags_nuget

I had a nice opportunity to visit academia again. Colleagues from the old times at the university were organizing a workshop at this years EGEV 2020, the VisGap 2020 — The Gap between Visualization Research and Visualization Software — and they invited me to give a cap stone presentation. I was honored by the invite, and luckily, my company agreed to my participation as well.

Now, with our current COVID-19 situation, the conference and the workshop did not take place in Norrköping in Sweden as planned. Instead the whole conference and all workshops were converted to virtual events. As a result attendance was free. And, all sessions are freely available on YouTube. So, if you like to see my talk, be my guest: