"He's got a backbone"
- Mr Smith, My A-Level History Teacher
Why ?, do i hold deep regard for this, basicly because Mr Smith was an old fashioned
stuff upper lip type person, who held traditional values in a high regard. He would not
praise lightly, nor would he exaggerate that praise. Coming from him this was praise indeed.
I believe that i made this impression (although i will never really know) by allways turning up early
for his lessions, despite injury, and a heavy workload (i did 4 A-Levels, as opposed
to most people who did 2 or 3). I think that he mostly recognised my own personal discipline
in keeping this up for 2 years, in a class in which i allways sat on my own and worked on
my own, (some would think being the only member of your sex in your class to be envious, it
was not so).
"He's The Best Of A Bad Bunch"
- Mike Hoffman, Principal Software Engineer - Serck Controls (Firmware Dept)
This quote came from an after hours discussion about why i was hired by Mike to work
on my placement year. Mike is a very talented engineer and very smart person, but he does
not give out prase praisely at all. It is rare for such unguarded comments, which is why i
regard it as such.
Mike eventually had to belatedly admit that despite my very meany flaws, i was the best of
all the software engineers interviewed for any department, by Serck Controls that year.
Basicly because there were no other suitable students to take on, in any software role,
mostly because all the others were blind Windows Gui lovers, i however work at a lower
level than all that fluffy crap.
"You Were Born 20 Years To Late"
- Adam Dyer, Longtime University Friend
Curious one this, what i think Adam meant was that i seemed to have a head of a 40 year old
as regards intilectual maturitry, good praise from someone who is a good 2 years and 8
months older than me.
On this occasion i had again showed that i have done the mental rounds, i know what people
need to hear to be assured, and what to say to give the right impression to people who would
normaly ignore on you. I was quite surprised that Adam thought i was that mature, i allways
realised i was grown up and this is praise indeed.
"you can code but you can't spell"
- Pete Collingwood, Respected Univeristy
This was a comment taken from one of my assignments, in which we (Paul Webb, Adam and I) completetly
went overboard on a programming assignment and produced a massive peice of work that was frankly quite brillient.
We included so much extra stuff that was not required and went so far over was was expected that our assignment was
mentioned several times to scare younger students and as a demonstration of what is possible.
I was really pleased by this because you dont get don't kind of prase from teachers, unless you have done something
really special, and indeed we did, and me in particular worked very hard to complete an assignment that used just about
every fancy Java technlogy technology at the time.
"hey, i just wanted to say thank you for being my friend"
- Mona Afzal, Longtime Univeristy Friend
Slightly soppy and sentimental one this, but you know as you grow up you start to appreciate this kind of stuff,
i'm pretty proud of this because i helped someone out, indeed i expended allot of time and effort to help them,.. but without
thinking as much at the time. Not that i want to dwell on this to much, but,.. hay look i am grown up, and this proves it.
"im supprised your alive"
- Bastian Jann, Final Year Univeristy Friend
More man'ly this one, after a turely epic drinking session, during which i held my own with people between 5-7 years older
than me,.. all the more impressive because they were Germans, hardended to the effects of alchol, through alcohol abuse. There is
no greater complement then being considered a good drinker by German guys,.. and hay it nicely re-inforces the principal of
friendship through alchol, that i found works so well.