I had a great time at the conference last week and learned a lot, but I had a realization about something I have been successfully ignoring for a little while. I need to learn some programming. I don't know when the day will magically get longer so I will have the time, but I need to find a way. My field is moving in a way that I really have no choice if I want to continue to be competitive. I was hoping that I could leave that to students or technicians, but I know that I won't feel comfortable with the meal I am served unless I understand what goes into the recipe. It's why I don't eat hotdogs.
Now I need to do some poking and figure out whether to start with Perl or Python. I wonder if I should shave my head now so I don't end up pulling all of my hair out.