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Futurist - most desirable job title

fu·tur·ist [fyoo-cher-ist] noun A person who studies the future and makes predictions about it based on current trends.
When i was young, i remember reading articles in the weekly magazines that we would read at school that predicted our future. Colonies on the moon and underwater cars. I remember waiting in line for the JetCars in Tomorrow Land at Disney and seeing videos of Walt Disney's predictions of automated cars and the home of the future. 



 Even though I have never been, i've always wanted to visit Walt Disney World's EPCOT. EPCOT, standing for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, is itself a giant Bucky Ball: a geodesic dome based on the design of Buckminster Fuller.
 Since my youth, i have become aware of others bearing the title "futurist" through various documentaries on their work: Raymond Kurzweil ('Transcendent Man') and Jaque Fresco ('Future By Design'), Michio KakuSyd Mead and even Frank Lloyd Wright ('Frank Lloyd Wrigh…

A Helpdesk for Home

A Helpdesk for HomeWhy I Decided to Practice During Non Work Hours  What I Preach During the Nine to Five
In my professional life, I've had a computer based helpdesk established for quite some time.
 In Time Management for System Administrators Thomas Limoncelli discusses the folly in attempting to remember all the things coming at us throughout a day and Wikipedia states our short term memory is on average seven items, plus or minus 2.
 That is very true for myself, so when I accepted my position several years ago, I worked hard to establish the proper procedure for requesting assistance. I could promise I wouldn't manage requests in a timely manner consistently should the average four people pull me aside for "a quick question, "one small favor", "a simple request", etc before I had even reached my desk from the coffee machine.
 I have found trusting the process and utilizing a system that can automate responses, generate context based check-lists for me…

In Flight Productivity - a coach passenger's inconvenience

Update: originally posted in Spring of 2011, a recent trip to a conference in Austin reminded me of just how physically incongruent with how airlines think passengers are built i am, so i decided to republish this post. enjoy.

I remember reading science fiction books as a child and being absolutely amazed at the theoretical level of connectivity we would experience in the future. Being able to be anywhere and still be connected to our stream of media seemed like such an awesome concept. Then, on the plane ride back to Seattle from Washinton, DC they tell us that our plane has in-flight wifi.
"Spectacular!" I say to myself, thinking I'll be able to let my wife know that I'm okay, that I miss her, and pre-edit some posts about the conference I just attended as I let the overwhelming amount of information and inspiration I encountered ruminate in my brain. The reality of the situation was quite the opposite of the utopia I had imagined as a child. It wasn't so much …