Transitioning to the Real World



“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice.

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where,” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“So long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

The above is a selection from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and is applicable to my situation. I’m working on a personal budget now that I’m transitioning to the “real world” from academic life, and it just occurred to me that I have no idea where I want to be in say, a year, financially. I just keep thinking, hey, if I have enough in savings, that’s good, right? But let’s face it, that’s a paltry goal if I ever heard one. I’d like to get a car in the next year, be able to support myself, get an apartment, etc. These are major purchases which require some planning.

Good thing that planning is exactly what I’m good at.

In other news, Don Norman continues to be a topic of conversation it seems, as shown through the blog post at 90 Percent of Everything, where I wrote a lengthy response. I agree with the blog author when he said he felt Norman was being inflammatory to get people talking about it. I also feel the blog author was guilty of the same inflammatory writing by referencing only a brief moment of the forty minute talk. Take a look. Watch the talk, it’s worth the time.

Also, I’m thinking of changing the name of this blog from Siriomi Reflects to something else, perhaps. I’m an academic, even if I’m pursuing an industry profession for the time being. Have any suggestions?

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