Category Archives: Career values and work life

COVID-19 Holidays

If you go here and fill in these values, You get to see some tender mercies: Massachusetts Unemployment Claims (I deleted every other week (mostly) because I only want to show the trend.) A drop in the unemployment rate from … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serfs, part 4

If Matthew 25:14-30 is a simple narrative about the world, what makes it a parable? In  a parable, one thing stands in for another. It seems to me, offhand, that in all parables, the Man With Resources is a stand-in … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serf, part 3

I am working through a tutorial for a business intelligence program. Obviously, once you have big data, you want to use it. It’s impressive how easy this tool makes it to identify and display slices of information. When the data … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serfs, part 2

Techno-serf #3 lies on a potholed street in the industrial park. No heartbeat, no bleeding. One night in 1987, I was driving from Cambridge into Somerville, at least I was trying to. To my right, in the passenger seat, was … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serfs, part 1

I’m hoping that this sentence is sufficiently dull. I want to make sure that my blog does not fall into the trap of beginning each post with a cheesy hook. You know: draw the reader in by beginning in medias … Continue reading

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Politics and Hanging On

I was in graduate school when Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. On the following day, a pall was cast over the hallways and classrooms that was palpable. My professors had fought for educational innovations that most people dismissed out … Continue reading

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Meetings

Yesterday I had a hard deadline and was able to focus all day. I met that goal and today I can barely keep my head from floating away. Our software engineers are in India, where life is nine and a … Continue reading

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Career Planning, part 4

At my newish job, I’m still learning systems and processes. I always record the Teams meeting when someone shares their screen and shows me the Box location, the Sharepoint site, the Development server, the transfer directory, the template, the form, … Continue reading

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Career planning, part 3

What is your moral state if you have a regular job? Meaning, you’re not clergy, you don’t work for a social justice organization, you’re not in a helping profession. You keep the lights on, maybe, or the supermarket supplied with … Continue reading

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Career Planning, part 2

The biggest laugh I’ve had recently came from hearing that some godforsaken company is requiring its employees to come back to the office, while they could as easily continue to work remotely, because the company’s numbers are not good enough, … Continue reading

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