…with the rich and powerful.

On those occasions when I need to shut my brain down from the endless cycle of programmatic problem solving, I tend to watch television for the exact reason you shouldn’t watch a lot of television.  It’s a virtually mindless experience.  And my preferred genre of choice is of course sci-fi.  Yes, I know, I am the classic caricature of a geek.  At any rate my recent TV ventures have featured the idea of immortality, and they got me thinking about the idea of living forever. Continue reading “…with the rich and powerful.”

…with my fellow workaholics.

It’s 2:39am on a Sunday morning of a long holiday weekend, and what am I doing?  Working of course. 🙂  Or at least, I will be as soon as I am done writing this and probably will by by the time you’re reading it.  I actually just woke up after getting about two and a half hours of sleep.  That’s a follow up to yesterday when I got closer to four – four and a half hours.  I’m kind of in full Bill Gates mode. Continue reading “…with my fellow workaholics.”

…because I’m right.

Quite possibly my favorite words in the world are “You were right.”  And it’s not about being right.  I am most of the time, but when I’m wrong I’m OK with that and will willing to admit it.  It’s really about the vindication of someone who didn’t really believe what I was saying acknowledging that I actually knew was talking about.  The only tragedy is that it is never a lasting realization.  Inevitably, the next time something comes up they will once again doubt that I know what I’m talking about.

Today’s “you were right” dovetailed in to something that I have come to believe which is that “everything works out in the end.”  However, I may actually be wrong on that one.  Or if not wrong, at least not complete.  Maybe it should actually be, “everything works out in the end, if you let it.”

The “you were right” was in regards to some advice I had given someone, let’s call them “Bob”, about how to handle some aggravating personalities Bob had to deal with.  The advice I gave Bob essentially came down to this.  If someone’s big personality is getting in the way of you getting what you want, don’t keep pushing them on it.  That big personality will just stand in the way that much more firmly.  Instead, step back and find a different route around.  Either get the personality to come to you or recruit a bigger personality to pummel the one in your way into submission.

This advice worked out and Bob more or less got what he wanted.  However, today we were discussing another person, let’s call them “Chuck”, that was in basically the same position as Bob and was currently handling it the exact opposite way I had advised Bob.  The more the big personality refused to do what Chuck wanted, the harder Chuck pushed to get the personality to comply.  As a result, Chuck was getting farther and farther away from what he wanted, and the farther away he got, the more he did the exact opposite of what I told Bob to do.  And so Chuck was essentially stuck in a vicious circle going the wrong direction.

Somebody once said, “Do you want to be right, or do you want to win?”  As much as, my favorite words in the world are “You were right”, I don’t need everyone in the world to acknowledge it.  I’m willing to let winning be enough, even if the other person doesn’t know that I actually won, because if you want things to work out in the end, you have to be willing to take a win as a win even if it isn’t perfectly exactly the way you wanted it.  In other words, “things work out in the end if you let them.”  That being said, it is nice to watch a giant personality get pummeled every once in a while.


…for the first time (probably ever)

I had this idea a couple weeks ago, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through with it.  I’m horrible at keeping in touch with people, but I’ve been thinking about getting better at it.  Of course, I’m not really the small talk, “Hey how are you doing?” type.

But I’m constantly playing with new things, and I thought maybe I could just send some friends periodic emails about the new things I was playing with.  If they found any of it interesting, they could hit me back.  Otherwise it would just be a heads up about what I was doing.  I was going to make the subject line for every email “This is me checking in.”

But I have a confession to make.  I’ve always wanted one of those ‘clever’ domains where the tld (a.k.a the .com,.net,.edu,etc.) and a subdomain (a.k.a. that part before the first period in the domain usually www) are incorporated into the name like del.icio.us.  Don’t ask me why they fascinate me but they do. So after a while of the “This is me checking in” title popping around in my head, it hit me I could use the India tld .in to create a new domain.

I really wanted it to be the full “This is me checking in” phrase, but I decided that was too long.  The “checking.in” domain was already taken of course.  But surprise surprise “cking.in” wasn’t.  I don’t know what a “cking” is or why it would be taken, except that there are so many variations you could do with a subdomain that I figured it would be.  And of course now it is.

So welcome to che.cking.in.  I don’t know how long it will hold my interest, but while it does hopefully anyone that’s interested will be able to keep up with what I’m working on.  I know it’s kind of boring at the moment.  I figured I should at least write this first post and send it to some people before I got bored and forgot about it.  I’ll make some upgrades as  they interest me.  And if you some how found this site randomly online and have no idea who I am, that’s fine too.  We’ll just pretend like you’re not here. 🙂