Post-CodeMash 2014

2_bgI am sitting here, at the Ivory Coast Lounge, reflecting after 4 days of CodeMash.

On the one hand, I feel like I want the events to continue.

Being in “sponge mode” and trying to learn everything around you, is:

  • A leap of faith, trusting the presenters’ information will be good for you, even though it may not seem so at the time.
  • A bit unsettling, due to a period of “feeling dumb” for a bit of time.
  • At the same time enjoyable, knowing that eventually it will all make sense, and you will be a better developer for it.

However, after 4 days, I feel like the boy in a Gary Larson cartoon: (http://goo.gl/qjdYAh) (“may I be excused? My brain is full”) <% if(birthday > 1985) {for those of you young ones, Gary Larson was in my mind, the funniest cartoonist. He was popular from the late 80’s, to the early 90’s” %>. There is a lot I learned at the sessions. I’m not sure if I would absorb much more information, if it continued for more days.

On the other hand, I feel a bit bummed. It was great to see people I haven’t seen in a long time. I just wish I had more time to catching up. With all the sessions, there just wasn’t enough time to catch up with all the people I have not seen for, in some cases, many years. This part of me wishes it didn’t end.

In my mind, the anticipation and the excitement had been building for a while, and now it was all over. Don’t get me wrong- this has been, as it always has in the past, been a great experience. It, like all ‘fun events’, just had to come to an end.

It is comforting to know, there is always next year.

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