Patterns In People
I've worked in IT for many years, recently retired (at the age of 33;-). Although let's face it in the world we live in today, you never really get away from IT.
I may not work on distributed systems development anymore, no more NFR questions to help resolve, no more politics of the highest order (the one part of my job I do not miss at all) but computing has a way of taking a hold and not letting go.
Whilst working in IT, the Patterns community has taken a foothold over the last few years. Not before time too. After all, would you like it if you're local bicycle manufacturer reinvented the wheel with each new model?
Didn't think so.
But that is a mindset which is still prevalent in IT today. The 'not invented here' syndrome. But this isn't a technological issue, this is a people issue.
People exhibit 'patterns' all the time. Why else would MORI polls be as accurate as they are? The expression "I'm unique - just like everybody else" is just soo true!
My wife has recently started her Astrology business online here:
www.fengshuiastrology.com and such sites have/will be pooh-pooed by many of the technical set.
But then everything which cannot be understood has historically been ridiculed before explanations were forthcoming. I've got to say, the accuracy of the system is quite phenomenal but totally explainable when you look at it in the context of thousands of years of observations of patterns in people and patterns in nature.
The patterns community would likely concur (perhaps with some persuasion) that it's not so far fetched after all!
Till the next time
PS - I'm including this link to help get his blog crawled ;-)