The end of May / by Simmon Li

So, a small update. I worked for DR the first two weeks of May, made some money, and now I'm working at VOXData. Met some cool people who trained with me, and things are still going well. It's approaching the end of the first week, and so far I think it's not a terrible experience. Once I get some money flow, then things will be good. Got my first sale today, which is pretty wicked considering it's my first day legit on the phones on my own. I thought it was pretty cool. It really all comes down to how well you know your stuff. I find that I'm still tripping myself up over a bunch of things, and sometimes, it's costing me the lead. Anyway, it's all really fun and all, but at the end of the day, it's a montonous sales job where I repeat myself over and over. Will be interesting to see how I feel about it in a month's time.

In other news, I've now finished reading both Common Wealth and The Next 100 Years. Common Wealth tapers off in the ending that I thought to would, but I thought at the very least, it deserved to be finished. The Next 100 Years was an interesting book to me. There were a few things I wanted to comment on. The author leaves out the idea of climate change, which he addresses in his book in the epilogue. Basically he says that we'll develop the technology to overcome it, and I agree with him. But the fact is, climate change feeds into a positive feedback loop, and we've already gotten the wheel turning, so to speak. While I know we will develop technologies to address the basic problem of continuing to contribute to the positive feedback, that feedback cycle will now start to run its course. Along the way, things like the Arctic sea will open up seasonally (possibly even year-round), and that would largely impact the strategic decisions that Russia has available to it. The author pins Russia's decline in the 2020's, but most forecasts will have the Arctic Sea seasonally accessible by 2013. It's not a big deal to me, because well, he probably has more insight than I do, but I would have felt more strongly attached to his forecast had he even accounted for that possibility.

The other cool thing about the book was his look into the future technologies of energy, war, and transport. Nothing super sci-fi, so it was all very believable. The geopolitical relationships that he mentions, I could definitely see causing problems down the road. I'm not too familiar with the political history of the Middle East/Eurasia area, so I will trust his judgment on that. The rest of his predictions were pretty entertaining, and while they seemed a little far fetched, using his logic rule of "expect the unexpected", were at least based in some sort of historical or cultural pattern.

The book I'm starting now is Peak Everything (finally!). Looks like a pretty interesting book, I've read half of the first chapter, and so far it seems very well researched and written. Look forward to finishing it, then going to move onto "The World Is Flat".