April 10th, 2004

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Friday Five

Poll picked up from cjsmith and this is the first one in a while that got me thinking...

1. What do you do for a living?

Collect interest :-) But that's boring, so: Software Engineer, in the "booster rocket" mode for a startup (a role I've played most successfully a number of times.)

2. What do you like most about your job?

Working with interesting people on relevant things. (The two go hand in hand, working with interesting people on mundane things would not hold my interest, and working alone or otherwise isolated on critical things wouldn't keep me sane.)

3. What do you like least about your job?

When we find out that two groups (usually engineering and sales) have gone off in expensively distinct directions because communication failed early on. (We've done a lot to increase accountability for that sort of thing, so that people see that the communication is necessary even if time-consuming.)

4. When you have a bad day at work it's usually because _____...

I've mismanaged my caffeine intake, or I've had to touch a microsoft product (eww, get it off of me.) (And for all that word is supposed to be wysiwyg and "easy", if I get one more document where the item-counters are out of phase, I'm going to start demanding that the product managers get sent to emacs+HTML training.)

5. What other career(s) are you interested in?

Chocolate Chef - showoff mode, ie. having a TV show interests me more than being behind the scenes at a restaurant. Much safer to keep this as an amateur status aspiration, of course.

Applied Robotics. (I wonder what Bruce Barrows is up to, these days, I've not really kept up since he worked on the HelpMate hospital robot.)

Access to space - but only in a way that step 2 held true - if there were a way I thought my skills would be directly useful at Scaled Composites, I'd probably have already sent them a resume...

(For that matter, both Burt Rutan and Dean Kamen seem like they'd be very interesting people to work with. With, not for.)
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