Saturday, May 03, 2008

Microsoft Excel is My Bitch!

Lol, the title popped into my head and I had to write something... Too perfect!

This morning after I woke up, even before coffee, I pulled up to the old laptop and fired up Excel. I hit the Alt-F11 to get the VBA editor going and started writing a function that was on my mind all night long.

Yeah, I'm a geek. I'm not ashamed.

I get a lot of pleasure from making Excel do stuff above and beyond what it can do right out of the box. It is no different than wrenching on das auto, building a deck, completing a puzzle, or training a dog. There is a satisfaction of seeing something that looks good and works.

There is still a ton more for me to learn. Every day I discover new things that keep the wheels turning. I love teh [sic] technology!

A week ago I was locked up in a room with eleven other people randomly selected from my county's population. The dreaded jury duty, and I got to sit on a trial (I'll get in to that at a later time). Over four days we spent around ten hours in a windowless jury room unable to talk about the one thing that we had in common, the trial. So people talked about random stuff. One of the conversations that came up was how kids of today with all their electronics would not be able to survive if it was all taken away.

That is silly. We learn to use what we have. The reason that we have all this fancy stuff is that as humans we were given brains capable of looking at something an thinking, "hmmm, how can I do this better". If all modern conveniences were taken from us, we would just make them again.

I'm pretty sure that the same thing has been said by people with their heads up their in the sand since the beginning of time.


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