Working Too Much


Skkra recommends… working too much!

Hey, did you want to have an enjoyable evening?  Eh, why bother.  It’s way easier to spend your entire life working.

I guess the lesson is to get a job that has the fewest possible requirements, though sometimes its easier said than done, especially when you’re balancing the time investment against salary, quality of coworkers, etc.

All in all though, I think it really starts to wear on you when you can never disconnect.  If you don’t get that mental break from your career, you can really start to get on edge.  Sometimes over nothing.

Avoid Ghostbusters III

Skkra Recommends… avoiding Ghostbusters III!

Admittedly, I haven’t seen Ghostbusters III.  Admittedly, I’ve only watched a single preview.  Admittedly, that doesn’t even matter: this movie is going to suck.

The original Ghostbusters is one of the greatest movies of all time.  The script is godlike, but the casting is impeccible.  An absolute perfect storm of insightful choices for these characters.  While I individually like every one of the actresses cast in Ghostbusters III, it feels like they just picked a bunch of funny, hot-right-now women and tossed them together, hoping the franchise tag will carry the film.

GhostbustersIIIThis will surely end up ranking high in the “didn’t need to be made” category.  Seriously.  Ghostbusters one is a cinematic classic.  Ghostbusters II, while not as good as the first, does have a good share of quotable lines and memorable scenes that makes it a solid successor to the original.  The preview for III makes it look like a room of soulless writers came together and crammed a bunch of “clever” lines into a script as best they could.

I’m never going to watch this movie, ever.  I don’t care if I’m sitting around bored and it’s on TV for free.  This abomination never should have been made, and I hope it fails miserably at the box office.

Avoid April Fools


Skkra Recommends… avoiding april fools jokes!

4/1, April Fools Day.  Whee.  This may actually be the stupidest day of the year, though I will say that ever since major corporations started doing fake releases, it’s had some redemption.  Some of the bullshit they come up with is actually not bad.

Generally, though, I’d just avoid pranks or “fools” of any kind.  This would be a great day to deliver life-destroying news to someone that they don’t see coming.  “Oh, haha, april fools!”  NOPE!  You have 3 days to live.

Avoid Jerkoff Friends


Skkra Recommends… avoiding your jerkoff friends!

Everyone has friends, sure.  And since you have friends, you probably have that one friend – or even group of friends – who are total jerkoffs.  Sometimes, you should just avoid them.

Lets imagine that you have an awesome, long-running website that has JerkoffFriendsbeen pumping out over a decade of daily content.  Some small-minded individuals might be jealous of that, even if they’re friends of yours.

Perhaps they’ll wish you would open up the comments section, so that they could turn your popular website into a shit show.  First of all, they’d fail, but second of all, it’s foolish.  They would only be attempting to destroy the very site that they themselves visit each day.  These jerkoffs don’t even realize that they’re hopelessly addicted.  Avoiding these people temporarily will help them understand the truth.

Perhaps they’ll even make ludicrous bets with you, thinking that you’ll fail at updating your brilliant website each day.  Whatever, the case, ignore them.  You won’t fail.  They are in fact the one who has already failed, for daring to question your greatness.  Pay them no mind.  The lesser among us are often jealous of true excellence, but simply stay the course and remain humble.

Avoid Oracle


Skkra Recommends… avoiding Oracle Database!

Yes, I know that Oracle Database is used all around the world and has great market penetration.  Yes, I know this is going to piss off a lot of tech people.  Well, I don’t care.  I loathe Oracle.

Where do I start?  It’s more expensive than any of the other market leaders, and unlike products like SQL Server Enterprise, which has everything you need included, you need to pay even more for each add-on that you require.

That’s another thing.  I understand how big companies work nowadays: you buy up smaller tech companies and use their tech.  That said, at least most of the other big boys are truly incorporating that technology directly into their product, so that it’s seamless.  Oracle just bolts each piece on, creating an unseemly web of various products to maintain.

I could further complain about their lack of a truly great frontend, though admittedly SQL Developer has gotten better.  Still, it’s nowhere close to Microsoft’s SQL Server Management Studio.  Every serious Oracle dev I know simply purchases TOAD (a spectacular product), but why is it that Oracle can’t even be bothered to make a great development tool for their own database?  And TOAD licenses are not cheap.

I could bitch a lot more, but I’ll end with one of the biggest sore spots of all: the community.  Compared to the mysql and SQL Server communities, it’s pretty bad.  There is SO much SQL Server content out there, for example.  The community is large, friendly, welcoming, and always willing to help.  You can learn an incredible amount and be completely self-taught, if you’re willing to put in the time.  Meanwhile, nearly every question I’ve ever asked on an Oracle forum has been answered with hey man, read the manual! before I force a better answer.  I DID read the documentation, and I STILL couldn’t solve the problem myself.  THAT’S WHY I’M ASKING FOR HELP.  There are just aren’t enough professionals out there actively producing helpful content for others, whereas the SQL Server community has hundreds of professionals at the top levels of expertise who continuously pump out new information.

So yeah.  Screw you, Oracle.  Other databases have caught up to you at this point, and I’m not going to shed a tear as you slowly lose your market share.