by Doctor Science
– occurred late in the spring semester of my senior year at college. I looked up from the paper I was writing, out the window to where the sky was lightening over Princeton with the dawn.
I said to myself: "When you're out there in the Real World™, you won't be able to procrastinate and then pull an all-nighter to get it done."
Never have I been so comprehensively wrong. I got into that Real World™, and here I still am, pulling the occasional all-nighter to get something done. My husband does it too, but then we're both self-employed so strict 9-to-5 isn't really what we've signed up for.
So I pulled one last night, but I got everything up and running and to the client today. I'm a website designer/builder, and this was a project to basically build a small content management system. I decided to upgrade my skills and learn more about PHP/mySQL/jQuery/Ajax -- I've tended to do more Microsoft-centric stuff in the past -- but it was a really exasperating learning curve that I don't feel right billing them for.
Anyway, for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, it was yet another illustration of one of the more accurate predictions I've encountered in the last couple decades: back in the late 90s, our ISP had some tutorials up, saying something like "in the Internet Age, we'll be going back to school for the rest of our lives."
So tell me: your favorite accurate and/or failed prediction? Do you still pull all-nighters? Do you see dawn more often from the back side or from the front?