October 17th, 2001

planet

My Dream Job

Damn, my friends' page is crazy today! What'd you all take yesterday? Settle down! It's not that I have more friends or a lot of friends to start with, it's just that everybody seemed to post like five times, I can't keep up, I have friend guilt... </p>

Alright, on to today's subject...

I've been asked to think about my Ideal Job a lot lately, usually I come up with, "Uh, I do nothing? Shit!" which garantees I'll be unhappy in life. But the thing is, I'm happy now, so I know it's possible. Read on for dream sequence:

I work for a fairly small company (<20 employees, 8 would be fantastic) that I helped found. I have several jobs: for one, I do all the technical documentation on whatever it is we make. We make some brilliant little electrical product. It requires programmers, technicians, IT folks, etc. I helped invent the product, maybe it's some sort of transmission system, I've got ideas but to avoid saying anything lame I'll stay quiet. We're fairly successful; we all work a lot of hours at odd times but enjoy what we do. We make fun of whoever does the accounting. We wear khakis and t-shirts to work. We also do contract work developing products for other big huge companies in the area. Everyone is brilliant, everyone is happy, everyone owns a nerf gun. The whole company runs on Linux, even the desktops. We make modest corporate donations to area schools and womens' shelters. We hire interns in the summer.

Anybody want to work with me on this? We'll start our own company, c'mon, it'll be awesome!

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Alright, I got another idea for Spacefem.com, not that it's going to launch anytime before I'm 30, but it's the notion of it. Spacefem's Electronic Device Of The Week! Every week, I'll pick another electrical device, component, or concept and explain how it works. I think it'll be fun because Spacefem.com gets two main types of visitors: computer geeks and women. Both groups could benefit a lot from some knowledge of electronic devices. </p>

There was this time (I'll never forget this!) last year when Dave (aka pres589) needed help for some class he was taking, they were doing binary/octal/hex/etc. arithmetic. So I tell him to come over and we have a ball - I love it - truth tables, conversions, math, all that. I was so happy! But he wasn't really fast at it, so finally I was like, "Here, you can borrow my calculator for the test, if you type in this and this it just converts to the different bases for you." Then he gets all mad, like, "Why didn't you show me that before? Jesus, this stuff was taking forever!" then I explained to him that he wouldn't be able to grasp the poetic beauty of straying from the base 10 number system unless I took him through that. I explained how wonderful I thought it all was, how fun logic statements were, how glorious the world of 0's and 1's could be. He looks at me like I was on fire, no appreciation there, he just took the calculator and went on his way. No passion! No appreciation!

What's he into, cars? Cars are so big and noisy, I'll never get that.

So anyway, if Spacefem.com takes time every week to explain how this stuff works, maybe other people will appreciate what goes on in the world around them. I think I'll start with everybody's favorite formula, P=IV, then move to everybody's most useful formula, V=IR, then move into the hardware stuff: resistors, transistors, diodes, capacitors, logic gates, etc. Then I can talk about concepts like Kirchoff's Law and Karnaugh mapping and superheterodyne recievers. Oh, the world is a beautiful electrical place, everyone will love what I'm doing for them, educating the needy populace in unforseen ways! Passion! Appreciation! Glory!