Early Morning Ramblings on Moving and Tech

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Up early again. George had to use the bathroom two hours earlier than usual — 3:30 instead of 5:30.

I want to write, but I have no idea about what. Sometimes it’s just the tingle in the fingers and brain making me want to put pen to paper and feel the physical sensations of my hand moving across the paper and my fingers making the loops and curves of letters, the motions of writing. But, aside from my doodles, what else to write about? Our plans to move?

It’s looking more and more like Seattle. We’ve both had great luck looking for work (Misty never has trouble, of course) and I’ve had some good conversations with folks up there. Is it possible I could actually get a job from a distance?

Seattle will be (is) expensive as the best seats in hell, but maybe we can find somewhere decent outside the city — someplace with a two-bedroom house and a backyard for the dogs — that won’t kill us financially.

The idea is that, ultimately, Misty will get the chance in a couple of years to switch careers, if she wants. For now, we need to pay bills and get out of Austin.

For me, it’s the opportunity to continue to grow in my field. See: I’m not like the snooty writers; I’m willing to work some real shit writing jobs, as long as I get to write. Because writing at work makes me want to write outside of work — which is all-around good.

I have my doubts about how much more work I’ll do with Somnio. We’ll see about that. It was a good learning experience. I can say that.

Making that transition from the public sector to the private sector has definitely been one of the most difficult endeavors I’ve undertaken, but it finally seems to be working and paying off a little. I’ve not only made the switch, but also learned things that can be shared cross-sector. Others don’t see the connections between the public and private spheres when it comes to rubber-meets-the-road, get-down-to-business execution of plans with technologies. The cross-pollination is healthy in a design and/or marketing (and likely most others) firm, even if some don’t see it.

An education from SCAD probably doesn’t involve significant serious study of the moral and ethical issues arising from design or the values always already imbued in what is created. Designers, technologists, content strategists and the like can fail to step back and look at the political and socioeconomic impacts and inherent biases of their creations. Remember: This isn’t art. This is business.

At base, this is what builds the tech-bro culture I’ve written negatively about before: Worshiping “innovation” — or, more precisely, new digital technologies — without looking at its real-world impacts. Money turns out to be the real innovation for them. And changing the world comes with a nice paycheck.

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