The Ideals of a Python Hacker (was: Poll Results)

Grant Edwards grante at
Tue Dec 4 12:22:30 EST 2001

In article <slrna0kr5g.b18.grey at>, Steve Lamb wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:38:00 +0900, Jonathan Gardner
>> They'd have to be. I can't seem to find a place to get paid to work in
>> Python yet. I can't imagine a guy with 3 kids trying to make a living by
>> programming python unless he is the rare guy that has a job in it.
>     What does 3 kids have to do with it?  You are aware that 25% of the female
> population in the US these days does not and will not have children?  Why
> mention 3 rugrats at all?

In my experience people with children tend to make more
conservative choices with respect to jobs: they'll choose a
less "risky" job in order to provide guaranteed income and
benefits for their dependants.  People without children are
free to choose more "speculative" options where there is a
higher risk of intermittent income or health benefits.

For example: I have no dependants.  I can actually live off of
unemployment benefits (I can pay rent, pay bills, pay for COBRA
benefits and have enough left over to go golfing once a week).
Therefore, choosing a career path that might involve more "fun"
or higher peak pay but also risk periods of unemployment is a
more viable option for me than it would be for somebody with
three children to support.

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