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Missing you

Posted on August 2, 2009

Lately I have been missing my brother. I can say that it hasn’t been this bad (the longing) for at least 2 years. It stems from feeling like nobody relates to me.

What I mean is, Jaye and I were with each other every waking moment for at least 15 years of our life. That is a long history to build trust and friendship. And this allows for someone to truly and deeply “see where you are coming from” even if they don’t agree. Right now though, I voice my opinion and get these strange looks from both family and friends. Or share my thoughts and get zero feedback.

I am told that I am not an optimist. I respond by saying that I am just a realistic optimist (again, I get a strange look). And this is where I am positive Jaye would understand me. He would know that I truly hope for the best in any situation and am optimistic in many things. Yet I also am realistic in my expectations. And people never like hearing the realistic part. They may say they do. They may say they want the truth. But they don’t. At least not in my experience. Not with my friends, or my family. And there is not the trust to reconcile this difference.

So what is a person to do? Say nothing? Not share? I don’t really have an answer.

What I am certain about, is that I miss him. I miss Jaye.

Flashback (pun totally intended)

This was my first flash website, designed back in 2002. My oh my how things have changed. It is strange to reflect on what the common thought of the time was.

Flash gives the user instantaneous feedback…”

Flash will allow users to interact dynamically with a website…”

Flash is going to revolutionize the web…”

What is odd about this, is that you can replace the word “Flash” with “AJAX”. The hype around this asynchronous tool set is enormous and everyone loves a good buzzword. Personally, I have barely started to using “AJAX” but am taking what I learned from my Flash days and applying it to Ajax.

  1. Don’t buy into the hype, investigate.
  2. Invest some time in learning the new stuff, but don’t be such an early adopter that you get burned (HD-DVD for a recent example)
  3. Make sure you look to the future yet still create something that works in the now.
  4. There will always be something around the next corner

I think Flash has it’s place. I think AJAX is in the process of defining it’s place. I think every language and technology has a place. A common geek mind set is to latch on to something, and hate everything else. It is only my opinion, but this mind set will simply lead to self destruction. Nothing good, positive, or productive will come by thinking this way.

“Learn or Die” that is what it is all about.