Damn, I’m so exhausted when I get home from work I can hardly touch my computer. Today while I worked, I sat in pretty much the same position for 12 hours, and now my back and shoulders hurt a little, but what really feels worked out is my head. Concentrating on coding actually makes my brain feel tired, especially if it’s database scripting, because you have to keep both the data model, and the presentation output in your noggin at the same time. I’m so wiped from concentrating all day, that when I came home, I had a beer and watched tv to unwind, like I’m some sort of coal miner or something
When I was a kid, my parents would incessantly tell me to pursue a field that would rely on my mind, instead of my hands. They’ve been working 12 hour days, 6 days a week since I was born 27 years ago, and they would remind me at every opportunity that I should use my head instead.
But after the past few weeks of concentrating-until-I’m-exhausted, I think when I have a kid, I’m going to convince him/her to be either a pro bowler, or a carnie. No sense in wasting all your energy on back-breaking physical or mental labor.