Clarity

Am I a technophobe?

No. Far from it. My interest in (digital) photography reflects its ideal merger of art and technology.

Do I like engineering?

Far more complicated. And I don’t have a glib answer handy for this one. I think my dissatisfaction arises because I don’t feel like I’m doing anything meaningful. Or see myself doing anything meaningful in this field. I mean, I’ve done a fair bit of development so far. Worked on simulators, mobile device libraries and server-side code. But I can’t see anything I’ve done ever helping someone. Would the world be any better off if you could download rights-enabled ringtones to your phone? Would a user somewhere really care about that functionality? I doubt it.

I talk about so much. Think about so many problems. Care about so much. And I want badly – so badly – to make a difference.

And I don’t know how.

Comments

  1. Erik - June 13, 2005 @ 12:15

    I also have this problem. If I didn’t care about my family and fiancee so much, I would consider going t o some third world country and directly helping people who really need it. Sometimes I try to think of a better motivational system (money is the one in place now) so that people would have more of a reason to help others. I don’t really get anywhere as my life is seems too busy to spend much time thinking about it. Really, Allen what is preventing us from going and doing something really helpful?

  2. Erik - June 13, 2005 @ 12:21

    I have the same problem. If I didn’t care about my family or fiancee so much, I would consider going to some thrid world country, getting my hands dirty directly helping those who need it. Sometimes I try to think about a better motivational or econonical system so that people would have more of a reason to help others. I don’t get very far with it because my life seems very busy and I don’t have time to stick with it for very long. Really, Allen, what is preventing us from going and doing something really helpful?

  3. Erik - June 13, 2005 @ 12:22

    haha, hope you enjoyed that double post :P

  4. Erik - June 13, 2005 @ 12:24

    Hmm. Aactually, it wasn’t quite a double post was it? Can you spot the differences? I had to retype it because I thought the first one wasn’t submitted properly. Hope you like the taste of spam =D

  5. Allen George - June 16, 2005 @ 22:21

    You merit a front page mention :-)

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