fighting the lack of good ideas

please stay home next week tuesday

if you’re undecided. If by now, with a week left, you haven’t picked who you’re going to vote for as President (and I almost don’t care who you pick [I do, but that’s another story]), don’t vote.

I’d like to tell you to vote for the guy I want to win, but I don’t like even most of the third, fourth, and ninth party candidates this year.

I’m going to write-in, as long as I can get back to the state to vote on time.

But honestly, if after the past two years of campaigning you haven’t been able to make up your mind, you shouldn’t vote – or you should write yourself in.

i’m a s.w.a.t. member

I thought I was a helicopter parent, but I’m not.

What I do for a living, currently, is like being a SWAT team member – except instead of it being a team, it tends towards the commando.

I provide onsite installation, support, and extension of the server management suite my company offers. That means that I spend a lot of time in conference calls making sure the environment is ready to go when I hit the ground, and when I do hit the ground, pretty much have to run fill-tilt to make sure we get everything done inside both the available billable hours, and the environmental constraints of the customer.

Then I leave.

When I leave, I might never see that customer again, talk to them, or talk about them.

It’s a very different job from what I used to do, which was provide phone and email support to all our customers. I would close a handful of cases, just to have them replaced by new issues from the same (or different) customers.

I can’t say which I prefer, because I’ve only been doing this most recent job for a few months, but there are definitely pros and cons to each.

The flexibility to work from home, prepping for an onsite engagement, and then going onsite to be the Knight in Shining Armor can be a blast. It can also suck – along about the time a customer decides they don’t like you for whatever reason (“he wore the wrong color shirt!”), then it’s not so fun.

The other issue I have is that I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Certainly I’m not claiming to be an immature child any more, but being an adult, and even having a job, doesn’t necessarily mean you know what you want to become later.

For now, this is good. But if/when I find that niche where I’ll really love what I do, I know I’m making the jump.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll be a “real” SWAT team member.

why are geeks liberal?

I’ve noticed that most technical forums, from user groups to mailing lists, slashdot to stackoverflow, all tend liberal.

I want to know why there seems to be a paucity of conservatives in these settings. I want to know why the libertarians that show tend towards the radical fringe of the party.

With the size of the overall tech/geek population, there should be a more representative cut of political viewpoints.

Yet what I see is that most of the geeks I run across are distinctly left-leaning. They seem to all be in favor of Obama, with only a couple coming out in favor of anyone else in this presidential campaign.

Personally, I don’t like either major candidate: Obama is far too liberal for me, and so is McCain – there isn’t any form of conservative mainstream alternative, so I’m voting 7th party this year.

I want to know why, though, it seems that all the nerds I run across are liberal, and almost none are conservative.

scott adams drawing dilbert

It’s not very exciting, but if you ever wanted to see him doing it, here it be: