Spinning that wheel for me
Looking for a new job isn’t an issue just for recent college graduates. People who have spent 10 or 15 years in the same careers can often face similar issues and stresses — think burnout, stress or plain-old tedium. Other workers, confronted with early retirement or layoffs, are forced to figure out new job paths when their college- or graduate-school days are dim memories.— Express: Middle Passage [PDF]
From the Getting Ahead section of today’s Express, emphasis mine, and it’s too right! I don’t know if its burnout that I’m feeling, but doldrums seems a very appropriate word for it. I’ve been doing web development for gov’t contractors in DC for over 10 years, and I don’t think it’s the work as much as it is the environment. I’m lucky that I’ve never had an incident as extreme as a former co-worker who was told by a federal customer, “You’re just a contractor y’know, you’re like dirt to me.” But sometimes the sentiment is still there with my current customers that don’t seem to understand that I do a specific type of work on their projects. Certain decisions, approvals, content, etc. comes from them, I don’t just wave my faerie wand (shut up) and make these things appear out of thin air. And it isn’t complete burnout as much as its also being slightly overwhelmed. The work of many is now being done by a few and there are no signs that we’ll ever staff the team to its former glory.
I’m not quite totally zoned out, but I have clearly been playing the ‘escape route’ card when I get home in the evening, trying to stretch out my entertainment time until way past a reasonable bedtime. And in the morning my alarm clock has been malfunctioning, and I’m kinda *meh* about it. Seriously, anyone know of a good alarm clock, preferably with multiple alarms or nature sounds? No bed shaking, flying or rolling away clocks, thanks.
On a completely unrelated note, I was playing Soul Calibur Legends last night on the Wii, and it does require the swiping, thrusting and other familiar motions with both the Wiimote and Nunchuk. Quite frankly, the end result was that after playing for an hour or so, one is tired, sweaty and with very sore arms. Kinda like a vigorous wanking session without any actual sexual release. But I’m pretty sure that I burned some calories, if only I had the patience for the long long subtitled cutscenes that I have no way to speed through. I also got disgusted last night when I ran into a puzzle/deathtrap that had no easy solution. I don’t think that the responsiveness of the controls are quite what the game developers assume they are. Even with great reaction time, it’s hard to get out of the way of criss crossing laser beams in exactly the proper sequence, even if they’re the same pattern each time.