1 year ago 🥁 for day 136, 2020 with 426 words.

Giving Back To One

Days sheltering in place: three score
Days to normality: 18 (at least)
Event that didn't happen yesterday: cancelled concert

They say wisdom comes with age, when really it comes with experience - which is often, but not always, the same. You get taught this at an early age, unfortunately by the time you understand its truth, it can be too late.

All concerts are getting cancelled or moved a year. Many we were attending this year are now occurring on the same - or close to the same - date, next year, or cancelled completely. An annual outdoor air festival in Bournemouth (UK) at the end of August is cancelled. Thankfully, some of the bands that I would be seeing live this year are streaming free concerts.

Normality - if you assume "Normal" as being 2019 - is not going to get restored anytime soon.

"we will be restoring normality just as soon as we are sure what is normal anyway."
          - Douglas Adams

As somebody who has - and continues to have - a decent length career in the Computer Software industry I try to give back to others. There are many people that assisted me in getting where I am today, often going out of their way to help me. Now later in life I have the opportunity where I could do the same for others.

Of course, technology has changed and the medium through which information is shared has changed also, but nevertheless I tried many things. For a couple of years I gave talks at the Silicon Valley Code Camp, I gave a talk at the HTML5 conference, a roundtable at Google and a separate one at Microsoft. I also contributed answers on the Stack Overflow web site - a place where developers post issues and problems, other developers post solutions, and everyone gets to vote up the best answers. I also contribute fixes to open source packages that I use whenever I can - some of them even get accepted.

I wish I had more time to do more of the above, but alas, time is one of the things that I don't have much or nowadays.

For those of you with experience and skills to share and the desire to help others I encourage you to do so. You may have heard people say that they feel they have made a difference, if only to one person. I certainly agree, it only takes affecting one person for it all to be worth it.


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Chief WriteTogether Bug Finder & character stringer. Generally, to create computer code, but sometimes actual words and paragraphs. Listens to lots of music, takes lots of photos, & invests in stocks for the long haul.

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