View Full Version : OT: self gloat

06-19-2012, 12:18 AM
I have been pretty scarce around here the last several years especially sharing projects, mostly because I haven't had much time to devote to the hobby or reporting on what little I have done, but that should start to change because a few hours ago I managed to graduate with a masters in Computer Science from the local State University. Pretty neat in and of itself any case, but I am mentioning it here because I'm turning 53 in in a few weeks after having spent most of my life working with my hands building whatever paid the rent (with little to show for it but bony fingers). So I am here to say that if you did not go to school when you were "suppose" to, and start to figure out that you are not dumber than allot of folks that did, it ain't too late. :D

06-19-2012, 12:20 AM
Congradulations, there are not many your age who would start a degree.:)

Your Old Dog
06-19-2012, 12:26 AM
Congrats Tom! Nice to hear some good news once and awhile. Good luck with your new degree.

06-19-2012, 02:43 AM
Congratulations!! My older brother was a computer science instructor at a college in SC. He still writes programs for image analysis software in his retirement. Computer Science has been a good field for him.

06-19-2012, 09:13 AM
Good Work !

06-19-2012, 09:18 AM

06-19-2012, 09:30 AM
Congrats & good luck. I just tirned 53. Always said I wanted to retire at 50 & did, just not quite the way I wanted. Gotta be careful what you wish for! Now you can start making chips again as a hobby. You accomplished quite a feat! Again Congrats!:D

06-19-2012, 09:39 AM
Way to go Tom

Congratulations!! Are you planning on changing careers or was this a personal satisfaction thing? Either way, I am inspired by your journey.


06-19-2012, 09:55 AM
Congratulations Tom, that is a great event for sure!!

06-19-2012, 09:57 AM

06-19-2012, 02:00 PM
way to go Tom, the smart ones never stop learning :)

06-19-2012, 03:36 PM
Congrats! That is quite an accomplishment.

Ironically, I'm just now retiring from IT at 57, and thinking that tinkering in the shop is what I need to do to decompress.


06-21-2012, 01:31 AM
Congrats also from Van. Isle!! I got my Masters of Ed. at 42. It "proved to me" I still "had it". This fact alone that I was about the same as others out there made me capable of working until I was 66 and still felt good about teaching. YOU have proved to yourself that YOU can do it!! Wayne.

06-21-2012, 04:39 AM
What do you plan to do now that you have the degree? Do you have a new or better job lined up? I hope you'll find something that puts your new skills to good use and makes all the work pay off.

06-21-2012, 06:14 PM
Cangadulations Tom. I liked hearing that you put the age thnig aside and did that.

06-21-2012, 06:35 PM
Is that a cleaver play on words or a typo? :D Peter

06-21-2012, 07:23 PM
Congrats, and especially at your age.

Some of the best years of my life I spent with my nose deep in books on algorithms, particularly those by Knuth.

Doesn't matter if you ever use it. It's the pleasure of having done it. The success is nice too, of course !

06-21-2012, 07:30 PM
Way to go! Good work. Gary P. Hansen

06-21-2012, 10:02 PM



If you can't guess I am a C guy from before C++, welcome to the field.

06-21-2012, 11:52 PM
Thanks All! I do appreciate it. What will be coming next I can't be sure,
basically, I am a science slut, I will gladly geek for any of the sciences.

I have some pretty big roots in this swampy third tier college town so getting me to move would take a bit of doing, SWMBO has agreed that if it means I get to work for NASA we would pack up and go. But in the meanwhile I'm looking for telecommuting or getting lucky with something local where I could
"not be part of the problem".

06-22-2012, 01:15 AM
Congratulations!! I have a grandson who is taking a computer science course in LaMoore, CA. :)

06-26-2012, 03:52 PM
I finished my machining certificate about 4 years ago at age 47 :)

Yeah, I still got it too :D