I DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE much of interest to write about. Work ... well. It's been like one of those old-fashioned scales that for some reason doctors still use, where you have to push the variously sized weights around to make them balance, except there are too many weights and they're not well calibrated and just when you get to fine-tuning them someone starts changing the length of the lever arm or adding more weights so that it tips again. Wow, that was almost as tedious to write (and probably read) as it has been to experience.
I'm starting to get my writing mojo back though (at least in terms of creating documentation; clearly not in terms of my diary or creative output). Given words, I can work magic. The Keepers of the Words (and here I refer not to mythical creatures but to real people from the land called Marketing) are not always generous with their gifts, however. Anyway, at the rate that things change, there's always room, if not for hope, then for a small dose of pessimistic idealism (which looks a lot like hope if you squint at it in the right light).
ONE WORK ANECDOTE I wanted to share:
One of the developers threw himself a massive 26th birthday party (rented out a function room with catering and entertainment) on the grounds that he was now "firmly in his mid-twenties and fast approaching his late-twenties." Despite my company's mania for college hiring, the team I'm on happens to be more seasoned than most, so as we were laughing about the follies of youth, our sage architect Ezra commented blithely, "Eh, one day you wake up and realize, hey, I've been decomposing my whole life, and it never gets any better."
I wish I could have captured his intonation for you. I like Ezra. I got hit with the stomach bug that's been going around this week and I was told that Ezra wrote an XSD just for me, to make me feel better. (It did.)
MEANWHILE, THE WILD ADVENTURE known as AE continues, and continues pretty awesomely if I do say so. I hope some amount of it comes through to observers of the end product, but for me personally it's firing a lot of the right neurons. My father, who is as un-scifi (not to mention un-Internet) as anyone who ever lived, even tried reading it, and sent me a very sweet note via email:
Finally I got to your magazine, and very much enjoyed your editorial. "Touching the Sky" is good, but do not understand the piece by Shaw.(Maybe you have to know him to think that this is the most adorable thing you've ever read.)
2010 has been a year filled with myriad expectations, frustrations, and a few victories. AE has been all of the above, but right now it is firmly in the last category.
BUT FOR THE NEXT few days at least I'm trading all that craziness temporarily for family-based craziness. I think it will be good, overall, and I hope it is also good for all of you out there. Formulate your 2011 wish now and then go out and enact it.
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