(Speaking of flowers, I wish I still had those suspenders! They would fit my current outlook perfectly!)
I am retired! Well, mostly retired. I can still be lured into the occasional juicy contract gig, but now a-days I spend most of my quality time with personal creative projects including getting back to blogging on a more regular basis here!
Of course, I still harbor a passion for the the design and implementation of information systems that support modular development and reuse of information “objects” that can be assembled into deliverables of any size, shape and format. I guess you can take the programmer out of the job, but you can’t take the job out of the programmer – to mangle a cliche. But I am admittedly fed up with hi tech politics and don’t see myself diving back into the deep end of that milieu in this lifetime.
Instead, I am spending more time writing and creating in this, my latest re-invention, of myself.
And although I don’t train those young critters in the header image – the setting and the vintage approach to learning just appealed to my sense of irony. More on that here…
When I was not writing about technical stuff, I wrote almost anything else that came to hand: essays, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs and the occasional article for local papers and e-news. I continue to write in notebooks, in the margins of menus, on napkins, on the back-sides of grocery lists…anywhere with an inch or so of white space when an idea or phrase ambushes me. I own several computers (How can one not own several if one is in the business of writing about computer training?), but no matter how hard I try, I never seem to have one in my hip pocket at the exact moment inspiration accosts me. I even have an iPad and a SmartPhone purchased with the expectation it would solve that dilemma, but I am just too set in my ways to totally give up the mystical contact between brain/hand/pen and paper. More on that here…
Since first writing that, I have acquired a kindle too. I use them all – but still find that inspiration strikes most often when they are not either with me or in easily usable situations. I still cannot find it in me to pull out some impersonal technology to jot notes down in restaurants while dining with friends and/or associates, and a constant readiness to “connect” ironically makes me feel “disconnected” with the reality around me. So napkins and grocery lists it remains.
(Once you get a word that long you are usually talking Latin or Greek and those languages I understand. But I am confounded by whatever idiot designed a language where you can spell a word four different ways and pronounce it exactly the same way. Or even worse – spell it the same way and have more than one meaning.)
So, I tend to forgive the occasional spelling error – but I will wax rampant about grammatical errors that used to be taught in the 5th grade and are now never taught at all. And yes – I do write parenthetically – sometimes to a fault…but never in formal writing.
This blog will focus on whatever I am into at the moment – and on my blogging. And maybe a little music here and there.