Curmudgeon Super Powers - Good or Evil?

Posted by: scherrey 6 years, 3 months ago

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This has been a long time coming.

My life's story is being on the periphery of current culture. I was a geek when it was (legitimately) really uncool to be such. Now that it is often viewed in a complimentary fashion I'm "too old" to benefit as coolness evidently expires at the age of 35 or whenever you have kids, whichever comes first. I got turned on to the live music scene at the early age of 16 thanx to David Renko and his cool dad Dick (there's a story) and always seemed to be the youngest person at the club until suddenly, one day, I found myself the oldest person at the club having some how never been the proper age to be at any club I frequented. I quite accidentally started my own business at the age of 20 and subsequently fell into consulting at an early age so I was generally the youngest person in the room (albeit one of the most experienced) in the tech scene as well. Until, of course, I was suddenly the oldest person (because people my age had evidently all "grown up" into management). I don't ever recall a time when I was the "right age" for any scene I participated in. I prefer to think of it as being ahead of my time. :-)

Most of all I'm just too damn stubborn and tenacious to give a damn about what others think and kept doing whatever I loved rather than what I should "responsibly do as a man in my station in life". Knowing what you like and what's right for you while being clueless about what you're supposed to like or do often has inconvenient consequences. I'm convinced I project some sort of contrarian force field with my purchasing decisions. If I adopt some general household product like a shampoo or soap, you can bet good money that the product will be discontinued within a year. Jirmack Lite followed by something from Pantene then Jirmack Shine and now something I don't wanna mention for fear if word gets out it will certainly disappear from the shelves tomorrow. Thought I was safe with the classic old Dial White Bar soap, right? One would think! Well the flood of November 2011 in Bangkok wiped out the only distributor in Thailand that imports the stuff effectively putting it out of my reach. Today I can find 3 different funky scented varieties (which all suck) in local stores but not the most common one which, naturally, I use. The list of products that have died unfortunate premature deaths due to my personal adoption goe on. In terms of product marketing, I am clearly no one's target demographic. In my defense, however, I seem to have the opposite effect on food establishments. I can go into a completely empty restaurant at any time of day and before my order arrives, 3 or 4 more tables will fill up to distract my waitress. I'm certain there's some way I can turn this to my advantage but have yet to figure out any practical application for this super power. I have wisely determined not to play the stock market or trade currencies. I don't think my conscience could handle the guilt of bringing down the economies that drive Western Civilization. But they're doing that quite nicely all by themselves... piling on just seems - well tasteless.

So here's a very speculative stock tip pretty much guaranteed to make you rich, unless you're the gullible type. Buy Facebook stock now. Why is that? Because I am leaving. Well, not completely, but I'm retiring my old account that I started on October 4th 2007 and replacing it with a VERY minimal presence that will only refer to content that I host outside of Facebook (like the site you're reading now). Think this won't have an impact? Well I just checked and confirmed that both my original Xanga blog and MySpace pages are still active - and you know what happened to them! Back when Time Line came out, I found it horrifically annoying and announced to the world that I would shut down my FB account were I ever forced to adopt it. Well, Mark Zuckerberg, clearly reeling from his stock plummet, has wisely taken action to ensure I do just that and so here we are today.

Now you might argue that social network users are just insanely fickle and Facebook's days are clearly numbered just as soon as the Next Big Thing (TM) comes out. Or maybe it's been me saying that for the last year? :-) Anyway, someone's gotta make that next big thing first and lots of startups have died trying. But after Facebook has screwed with people's privacy, completely broken their events mechanism to the point of being nearly useless for promoting the bands who moved from MySpace, and now seems hell bent on owning and controlling the presentation of everyone's content while serving it via this abomination that is Time Line - it's only a matter of time. My old (heh!) friend, Giang, while reminding me (invoking the context of our mutual past because she just can't resist taking the shot) that I'm "the geek" - has challenged me to make something new. Well, that's been on my mind a long time too and I think I actually know how and why I'm just the guy who can.

Just as soon as I get around to it.

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  • Daniel Stewart 6 years, 3 months ago

    I just find it ironic that there's a link to share this post on Facebook!!! LOL. I agree with all you said.

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  • Brian Kirk 6 years, 3 months ago

    Enjoyed reading it - you crack me up. Hope you guys are doing well!

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