I really enjoy working on this blog because the technical things I discuss are of interest to me and by sharing what I know, I am sharing what my mentors have shared with me, sort of playing it forward I guess. But or a while now, I have felt that there were non-technical things I wanted to share and I decided to create a second blog called The Other Side of Life as a way to do that.
So the good news for followers of this blog is that I will no longer write any of those non-technical, philosophical posts that some might find to be annoying on this site. Rather, I will use The Other Side of Life as my venue to fulfil those urges when they strike (except for the post I do around Christmas I suspect since its kind of like sending a Christmas card).
One of the reasons for doing this is to somehow document the events that triggered my desire to create the second blog, things like my early childhood memories from the family farm, finding my Dad’s letter’s home from the days leading up to and after the Normandy invasion, and most recently, the passing of Riley, our puppy.
When I think about why I felt compelled to document those events, a number of things come to mind.
- They are part of the legacy of my family and if nothing else, might be of interest to our kids and grand kids
- Some of the things that have moved me seem like things that should not be forgotten somehow
- My thoughts and feelings, if I can express them clearly enough, may be of help to others, just as the expressed thoughts and feelings of others have been a help to me
- Figuring how how to do this may help me understand myself a bit better
In the context of my technical blog, I have know for a while now – since I was a lab assistant for flight line maintenance labs when I was in college – that it is one thing to understand something and a totally different thing to be able to explain it to someone else. Being able to write down an explanation requires an even deeper level of understanding. Meaning that technically, I learn a lot by writing the technical blog.
So I suspect that there is a part of me that hopes to understand myself better along with my feelings and what motivates them by doing this. So, we seem to have an engineer trying to understand his feelings; who would have thunk it.
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