About my father
Perhaps he and I are more similar than we thought. I know I am cross and irritable when my computer malfunctions, particularly when I need it most, and profoundly grateful to those who help me restore it to a working state. Yesterday it was my turn to rescue a computer, and at no time have I been more grateful for the opportunity to be of help. I saw my father's face light up when the Vaio slept and woke at his touch. I heard him laugh appreciatively as the Vaio chimed to indicate an increase or decrease in volume. I felt the life flowing back into him, the accustomed excitement returning to his voice. He lived, loved, _was_ - and I was no longer afraid.
It is important to me to find a friend with similar dreams. I need someone I can compete and cooperate with, someone who will help spur me to heights of greatness. Hacking on Emacs is so much more fun when I can tell stories about it - another reason why open source community is so important to me. Trying to improve my teaching is easier when there's someone who'll be ecstatic when I have great class days and sympathetic when I wonder if we really make a difference.
I want international prominence, and by that I mean I want to contribute to major projects and get to meet people who are really, really into working with technology. I want to help people mix. I want to promote technology. I want to promote _social_ technology, technology that helps makes people's lives better.
I thought about crossing fields and helping Eric out, but my heart's not really into graphics. I am, however, into funky devices, so am exploring gesture-based Linux. wayv looks potentially useful, although still a little raw. Last active development was 2001. Might go into alternative input and output devices; close enough to my wearables interest.
A little note about gadgets
I am not into gadgets for gadgets' sake, and personally I find it hard to understand why people are into the latest phones "just because". I don't see technology as a way of separating myself from other people. In fact, I prefer to see it as a way of connecting me to others. I guess that's why I prefer my unassuming headphones+audio getup to that visually impressive but technologically aloof head-mounted display that people like focusing on so much. With a HMD, other people focus on technology. When technology disappears into the background, they can focus on me - and I like that. ;) That's why I take notes with my computer under the table. My focus is on the other person, not on the computer.