Why Magic: the Gathering primed me to learn code in my mid twenties.
I never saw myself as logical. The main function of mathematics and its various incarnations in my life was to wreak havoc on my brain. The experience of writing proofs was similar to aluminum foil scraping against my tooth fillings. It wasn’t fun and with time I managed to make it through all of my classes, until my senior year, when I found it easier to pay someone else to do my homework.
My first job was as a 14 year-old student aid serving Honeybuns, BetterMaid Chips, Hot Pockets, Boiled Hotdogs and Red Hot Beef Burritos out of an unventilated enclosed space to hungry children. Freebasing Tina’s Burritos and staring into the microwave may have damaged my brain, preventing it from properly counting how many frozen burritos were served and balancing the cash box. Or perhaps it was because I didn’t perceive myself as capable, mathematical or logical. In reality self-actualization was...
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