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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #750 on: February 19, 2013, 03:53:08 PM »
DH is a programmer, and loves that he's one of two people in the company who "only" have a bachelor's degree.  The other person is the owner  :P  Everyone else has at least one master's or PhD, and most have several.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #751 on: February 19, 2013, 04:25:04 PM »
DH is a programmer, and loves that he's one of two people in the company who "only" have a bachelor's degree.  The other person is the owner  :P  Everyone else has at least one master's or PhD, and most have several.

I have a BS Math/Comp.Sci. and never went on to a graduate degree (I'm a great programmer but a lousy student.) Most of my colleagues are shocked to find that I don't have a PhD. I lost out once on a job because I didn't have a PhD. They asked me very pointedly why I didn't. I wouldn't have taken the job had they given an offer since they were clearly focused on a symbol and not what I could do for them. Their loss.

Academic skill, and the ability to navigate graduate school are not good prerequisites for developing good software. I've waded through too much bad code written by grad students and recent PhD grads to have any illusions there.
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #752 on: February 19, 2013, 04:27:51 PM »
DH is a programmer, and loves that he's one of two people in the company who "only" have a bachelor's degree.  The other person is the owner  :P  Everyone else has at least one master's or PhD, and most have several.

I have a BS Math/Comp.Sci. and never went on to a graduate degree (I'm a great programmer but a lousy student.) Most of my colleagues are shocked to find that I don't have a PhD. I lost out once on a job because I didn't have a PhD. They asked me very pointedly why I didn't. I wouldn't have taken the job had they given an offer since they were clearly focused on a symbol and not what I could do for them. Their loss.

Academic skill, and the ability to navigate graduate school are not good prerequisites for developing good software. I've waded through too much bad code written by grad students and recent PhD grads to have any illusions there.
I agree, and I also think that goes for people who never went to college. I knew a woman who only had a HS diploma. yet she started in advertising, and when I met her, worked her way up to a senior VP. she eventually went on to head up either marketing or PR for a large, multinational retailer. So clearly a degree isn't always necessary.

I knew someone else who's husband lost his job, and he did something IT-related. but because he had no degree, he had to go back to school to get one, as all recruiters told him he'd never get hired again without onel.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #753 on: February 19, 2013, 09:29:53 PM »
My mother claims she invented Head Start.  I'm embarrassed to say I actually believed her until I got a Master's in social work.  Well OK, so I did doubt but I didn't want to believe that she was crazy enough to make such an odd claim for many years.  The odd thing is that she believes it's this massive profit-generating machine and that she has been cheated out of the royalties.  I keep wanted to correct her and tell her that she needs to claim that she invented Baby Einstein instead.

"Mom, the current opinion seems to be that Head Start is a very expensive failure.  Can you tell what went wrong?" >:D
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #754 on: February 20, 2013, 12:27:07 AM »
My step-father is a CKIA. More than 5 minutes in his presence is enough to cause me to loose all my cool.  Experience and training have no bearing on his knowing more than anyone in the universe.

Long Convoluted BG: We travelled across country for Thanksgiving.  My sister had prepared dinner in a friends home because her house was not large enough.  Sister's friend was out of town.  Except for my sister's family this was everyone's first time in this house. 

My DH has to step outside repeatedly due to cat allergy.  After a couple of hours he quietly tells me that he has to stay outside.  CKIA starts proclaiming that there is no cat in the house. He would know.  (CKIA is not allergic, we had several cats as pets in my youth.) My brother calmly says that he has heard the cat upstairs.  No, he is wrong, CKIA would absolutely know if there was a cat.  We were wrong and stupid.  DH's wheezing was all psychosomatic. 

I think the only reason I didn't hit him with the turkey carcass is I was trying to be nice in front of my grandmother.  I call over the ridicule of my ignorance and ask my sister if her friend has a cat.  Why, yes she does.  It's upstairs in one of the bedrooms because she knew my DH is allergic.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #755 on: February 20, 2013, 10:08:16 AM »
My mom's father (Pa-Pa to me) was like this - almost no topic was safe to discuss with him. Gas prices? Gotta find the cheapest, because the gas is 'fresher'. Food? All you can eat is the only kind of restaurant for him - if they make the plates, they cheat you and make their own lunch from what you should have been given. Weather? In his day....

I loved him, but NEVER talked about anything with him.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #756 on: February 20, 2013, 10:41:04 AM »
My mom's father (Pa-Pa to me) was like this - almost no topic was safe to discuss with him. Gas prices? Gotta find the cheapest, because the gas is 'fresher'. Food? All you can eat is the only kind of restaurant for him - if they make the plates, they cheat you and make their own lunch from what you should have been given. Weather? In his day....

I loved him, but NEVER talked about anything with him.

I think that is the saddest part of my relationship with DH. I can't ever talk about anything with him because he is a CKIA. Anything I might say, even just a passing statement of opinion is immediately refuted. I can't ever be right about anything and if I do persist to prove I'm right, he just drops the subject and refuses to continue the discussion.

I used to think it was because I graduated college and he graduated high school. But my goodness, we are in our 40's now and I'm not even using my degree! I like what another poster said and I agree - my DH is a "bag of eye-roll".  ::)

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #757 on: February 20, 2013, 10:48:47 AM »
I have a friend like this, Betty likes to announce the obvious/or show off and smother it with sickly sweet kind southern honey. (we are in the deep south).  For an example, the other day we were talking about something that happened on the news with a listed offender and how if the registry does or does not work/help etc.  Betty said, "Y'all know that there is website where you can look up the offenders."  We told her, "Yes Betty that's why we are discussing the merits of the registry."  Betty said, "Oh well I just wanted to let y'all know just in case you didn't because the website is really useful to know about."  Um yeah thanks.  And this is on EVERY TOPIC we discuss.  Ugh.  We have tried ignoring her, directly telling her and indirectly telling her.  But to no avail.  She just likes to state the obvious and demonstrate her knowledge.  I was reminded of this when reading this thread!

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #758 on: February 20, 2013, 12:41:15 PM »
My mom's father (Pa-Pa to me) was like this - almost no topic was safe to discuss with him. Gas prices? Gotta find the cheapest, because the gas is 'fresher'. Food? All you can eat is the only kind of restaurant for him - if they make the plates, they cheat you and make their own lunch from what you should have been given. Weather? In his day....

I loved him, but NEVER talked about anything with him.

I think that is the saddest part of my relationship with DH. I can't ever talk about anything with him because he is a CKIA. Anything I might say, even just a passing statement of opinion is immediately refuted. I can't ever be right about anything and if I do persist to prove I'm right, he just drops the subject and refuses to continue the discussion.

I used to think it was because I graduated college and he graduated high school. But my goodness, we are in our 40's now and I'm not even using my degree! I like what another poster said and I agree - my DH is a "bag of eye-roll".  ::)

Oooh, the drop-the-conversation-because-you're-losing gambit.  I HATE that.  I'll admit when I'm wrong, I expect the same courtesy!

I hereby dub that variety of CKIA the "CYKN"... Captain You-Know-Nothing!
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #759 on: February 20, 2013, 01:02:12 PM »
Ever been in the presence of two know-it-alls who find every opportunity to prove the other wrong?  I have two relatives like this.  When invited to a family thing, I always hope at least one won't be there. 

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #760 on: February 20, 2013, 01:27:00 PM »
I remember two people in college who always, always butted heads whenever they got together and both were CKIA's.

CKIA 1) A Wiccan, she knew EVERYTHING there was to know about being pagan, Wiccan, and Christian.

CKIA 2) A Jewish man who had converted to Christianity.  He knew all there was to know about Judaism AND Christianity.

His girlfriend was also the roommate of CKIA 1  And she was also Wiccan.  I'm still friends with this woman and whenever the two CKIA's would get into it, she and I would just kind of back off and hope they'd forget we weren't there.  Because, invariably, if they did notice our presence, they'd notice me and start in on me, because at the time I was a Catholic. Very liberal one, but still, and their accusations about the church weren't even modern ones (this was in the late 90's) but rather things that haven't been around since before I was born, even centuries old grievances that led to the divide of the churches, but they'd speak about them as though they were still going on.

I was treated to lectures about how priests are paid dear amounts to pardon mortal sins, they had witch hunts, Lent is wrong because people should not be expected to completely fast for 40 days, etc. etc..  I would point out that while some things did happen, that was several, several centuries ago.  And as for the fasting during Lent, now people are only expected to avoid red meat and poultry on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent. 

Nope, I was wrong.  ::)
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #761 on: February 20, 2013, 01:32:40 PM »
A clear case study in rectal cranial inversion disorder, yes.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #762 on: February 20, 2013, 01:34:27 PM »
I sometimes encounter a different version of the Captain Know It All and that's someone who serves up a fact about something and gets offended when you already know about it.  I have a relative who does this a lot.   "Say, did you know that the Earth revolves around the sun?!"  And when I say that I did know that, they get pouty about it, like how DARE I know that?????.  It is so bizarre. 

Maybe that should go in the brain hurt thread...

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #763 on: February 20, 2013, 02:56:04 PM »
DH is a programmer, and loves that he's one of two people in the company who "only" have a bachelor's degree.  The other person is the owner  :P  Everyone else has at least one master's or PhD, and most have several.

I have a BS Math/Comp.Sci. and never went on to a graduate degree (I'm a great programmer but a lousy student.) Most of my colleagues are shocked to find that I don't have a PhD. I lost out once on a job because I didn't have a PhD. They asked me very pointedly why I didn't. I wouldn't have taken the job had they given an offer since they were clearly focused on a symbol and not what I could do for them. Their loss.

Academic skill, and the ability to navigate graduate school are not good prerequisites for developing good software. I've waded through too much bad code written by grad students and recent PhD grads to have any illusions there.
I agree, and I also think that goes for people who never went to college. I knew a woman who only had a HS diploma. yet she started in advertising, and when I met her, worked her way up to a senior VP. she eventually went on to head up either marketing or PR for a large, multinational retailer. So clearly a degree isn't always necessary.

I knew someone else who's husband lost his job, and he did something IT-related. but because he had no degree, he had to go back to school to get one, as all recruiters told him he'd never get hired again without onel.

Which is funny..my sister and her husband are both in IT. My sister is in an especially high level position and both of them make excellent money. Neither has a degree. My sister went to medical school for one semester and dropped out. Her husband never went to college.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #764 on: February 20, 2013, 03:04:09 PM »

A while back, a group of us were watching Snakes on a Plane.  Now, if you've seen it, you'll know that it's a dumb, fun movie that no-one takes all that seriously - except for CKIA.  She kept interrupting to say things like "That's wrong.  That kind of snake doesn't do that.  That's wrong too.  That kind of snake isn't poisonous to humans", over and over, until I was ready to scream "WHO CARES?!?"


Someone who expects logic from Snakes on a Plane?  A movie that had plot holes big enough to drive my pick-up truck through, starting with the whole idea of using a bunch of snakes to bring down a passenger jet when a black market missle launcher would have been much cheaper and faster?  That belongs in the Brain Hurt thread.   :o