My Job is To Think

I still find myself with the odd web-site contract, but organizations
very rarely seem as committed to a web project as I think they should,
so it’s always difficult to produce results.  A lack of client
motivation, for right or wrong, leads to a lack of my own personal
motivation when it comes to web projects. Also, just as I find myself digging my teeth into a programming project, it becomes unnecessary so I put a stop to it.  I may continue it just to have something to do, even though it is reinventing the wheel.

In the meantime, I have found myself falling into a new job.  I think a lot.  I browse the web, I discover new technologies, I network with people, and I try to introduce these new ideas to these different people.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.  Basically however, I am paid to be that guy that browses the web all day, that chats all day, that reads blogs all day.  I think I “surf,” more in Kenya than I ever did in America.  In America I used to read the BBC and maybe Facebook a little and then log for the day.  Not here.

I just wish I was able to act more on some of the ideas I have.  And maybe I am.  Maybe I need to ditch NYS.  Technically, nobody has told me I need to be in the lab all day every day for 10 to 11 hours.  Maybe I should come up with set times I am in and times I am not, then I can possibly engage with the outside like I did first semester.  Or maybe NYS will produce the ICT diploma course like they said they would a year ago.  Or maybe they will fund an expansion of the network and get internet access.  Then I really will have a hopping lab.  So many possibilities.  Until then, I think, and share those thoughts worth sharing.

Oh, and a teacher came in who I promised I would help type his already-written chapters for some continuing-education work he is doing.  I guess I am also the resident typist.  Better get at it while I am still bored!

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  1. I totally agree! I’m am an education volunteer in South Africa theoretically assigned to a center that does teacher training where I can teach computer lessons and help with math or science. But in practice nothing actually happens there.

    This gives me tones and tones of time to think. Unfortunately this means I keep coming up with cool coding projects I want to do and then never do because I feel bad for sitting in front of my computer as much as I do anyways. I’m like a sponge just absorbing all this information from online (its amazing what you can actually get on 250MB a month if your careful about it) and I feel like I’m not doing anything with any of it.

    Peace Corps is a great ruminative experience and for my action orientated engineering mind that’s hard to accept sometimes. I also keep thinking/wishing I could find something more productive to do with all my time, but then I just pick up a new book or open Lifera back up and read some blogs. It’s whats so strange about Peace Corps. We might not be paid much, but were going to be paid no matter how much we actually “do”. And most of what I do that I feel makes the biggest difference Peace Corps couldn’t officially care about: like playing catch with the kids, giving them rides on my bike, and showing interest in their lives. None of that will ever appear in a Peace Corps report, but I feel it will be the most enduring aspect of my service because in 15 years the kids on my street will be better citizens of this country due to the 2 years of almost daily interactions I’ve had with them.

    Now back to learning some more Adobe Air for my latest pet project.