Ode To a Network Engineer (in the style of Bukowski)*

You are not a technical sink.

You are not an infant made to passively suck up the pabulum from a vendor.

Do your homework.

Study.

Learn.

Improve yourself.

It’s what an engineer is supposed to do.

Don’t expect your employer to do it for you.

Don’t expect applause.

Your professional life is your responsibility.

Unless your name is Vint Cerf or Brian Kernighan, you are not a rock star.

Or a ninja,

a visionary,

a guru,

or a pioneer.

So please take it off your Linkedin page.

Your purpose is to be one part of a symphonic whole orchestrating network harmony.

 

*Feel free to substitute security engineer.

 

 

 

Mrs. Y
Mrs. Y is a recovering Unix engineer working in network security. Also the host of Healthy Paranoia and official nerd hunter. She likes long walks in hubsites, traveling to security conferences and spending time in the Bat Cave. Sincerely believes that every problem can be solved with a "for" loop. When not blogging or podcasting, can be found using up her 15 minutes in the Twittersphere or Google+ as @MrsYisWhy.
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  • Jawed Lashari

    you are not a technical sink.

    * I feel more like a technical toilet.

    You are not an infant made to passively suck up the pabulum from a vendor.

    *Whaaa

    Do your homework.

    *Can’t. I have kids.

    Study. See above

    Learn.

    * If I could learn on my own,I wouldn’t have pabulum around my mouth hole.

    Improve yourself.

    * Self-improvement is mastur****** –Tyler Durden.

    It’s what an engineer is supposed to do.

    *That and World of Warcraft.

    Don’t expect your employer to do it for you.

    * Don’t worry.

    Don’t expect applause.

    * But don’t be shocked by it.

    Your professional life is your responsibility.

    * And the democratic National Convention.

    Unless your name is Vint Cerf or Brian Kernighan, you are not a rock star.

    * Einstein was pretty balla too, wouldn’t ya say?

    Or a ninja,

    a visionary,

    a guru,

    a unique or beautiful snowflake,

    a pioneer,

    a turtle,

    a wombat,

    Elmo,

    a carpenter,

    a photon,

    Iridium,

    Iron Man,

    Stevie Wonder,

    a piece of chocolate cake,

    an ice cream cone,

    a slice of Swiss cheese,

    a slice of salami,

    a lollipop,

    a cupcake,

    a sausage link,

    a piece of cherry pie,

    a slice of watermelon,

    a beautiful butterfly,

    So please take it off your Linkedin page.

    Your purpose is to be one part of a symphonic whole orchestrating network harmony.

    * I’d swear that was a passage from Mein Kampf

    • http://twitter.com/MrsYisWhy Mrs. Y.

      I have great respect for anyone who references “Fight Club” and salami in the same post.

    • Will

      That was hillarious

    • http://twitter.com/Vegaskid1973 Matt Thompson

      Ah, I like hungry caterpillar references

  • http://twitter.com/cloudtoad Derick Winkworth

    I love this. Virtual high-five!

  • Brant

    needs…
    more…
    ellipses…

  • http://twitter.com/metaip Allen Baylis

    Ha ha ha …insightful !

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