September 2, 2022
It’s amazing how quickly time can fly when you are having fun.
Almost fifteen years ago I started working at DealNews as a Junior Developer. I was in my mid 20s, less than two years out of Auburn. I even remember it was mid November because I left my previous job on a
Wednesday, went to the Auburn-Georgia Game,
then started at DealNews the following Monday. It was just before Black Friday
even. I still even remember what that first day was like: I didn’t have SVN
access yet and I had to email my code to my boss!
To give you an idea of how long ago this was: when I was hired on at DealNews,
I announced it to my friends on my MySpace page and my LiveJournal blog.
Neither of which exist anymore.
Fifteen years is a long time in tech, where changing jobs rapidly is the
norm and staying in a position for three years can be seen as a serious
commitment to a company. But the only constant in the universe is change. Which
is why it is definitely very bittersweet for me to announce that I will be
leaving DealNews on September 16, 2022.
February 25, 2022
This is just sort of a stream of consciousness, so apologies if it doesn’t make
a lot of sense.
I still remember the first time I realized I was directly talking with someone
in another country. It was the mid 90s and I was a teenager, hooked on playing
MUDs. When most people in my high school could barely turn a computer on, I felt
like a wizard who knew about an entire secret world, and it was awesome. I was
playing, every day, with people from Scotland, Denmark, Italy, Australia, New
Zealand, and so many others I can’t even remember now.
And we talked. I learned so much about other cultures just by talking
directly to people. And I remember thinking, in my own young, idealistic naivete,
that if just everyone could be online, and could have these experiences, we
might actually achieve world peace in my lifetime. We could see that we are all
human bothers and sisters, separated only by artificially drawn borders. I
believed free information will result in the most educated population in human
history. And the Internet would bring the whole world a new age.
I look back on myself then and mourn the world that we could have had. Humans
apparently just aren’t ready for world peace and togetherness.