3 May 2002 mattr   » (Journeyer)

Rainy morning...Neighbor woke us up holding on to Gracie, who may or may not be in heat again (he said she and a stallion up the road were eyeing each other)...And then late to work, thought not by much. I've been much tardier.

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jnewbigin mentioned something about a PHP module that does SMB authentication on April 30... That might be a direction to think in for the activity report stuff I typed about ?yesterday?.

I was reading some other diary entries and noticed people thanking others for their certifications -- say! That's a good idea -- thanks to those who have clicked me nearer to Apprentice-ship. :)

Still interested to see how things progress here. I can only comment on my own behavior here, but given my own status as a yucky gray-bar person, if I have spare moments to read other diaries, I read other Observer diary entries and perhaps certify them. I notice that several of my certifications have come from fellow gray-bar Advogatans...so this must be a pattern. We arrive as newbies and see all these Masters, Journeypersons, and Apprentices... talking to each other via diary entries, able to post and respond to main page articles...

Since they're busy doing all of that, we the observers have to certify each other and hope/cross-fingers that eventually we'll make some progress (both in what we're doing that warrants certification and in the certification itself).

It's a study in ingroup/outgroup dynamics, sorta. The Master movers and shakers need not even visit -- their contributions stand alone, and they'll remain certified as Masters for a good while... They may know each other, at least be familiar with the others' names. They've 'paid their dues.'

Then there are also some mid-level folks with their circles...their more significant projects (than my listed project, for instance...hehe)

Then there are the newbies... with no spheres of influence, no circles of friends, no clue. And when I look at some other new users and what they're involved in...I see that Apprentice applies to a pretty wide range of folks/skill levels. I'd be more fittingly classified (if I must...) as a Dabbler or Student or something.
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More later maybe. Better do something useful for a while though.

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