Ken quits his job to become a full-time musical dilettante
I got into a deep trap at my job; an insidious, very sneaky trap; My managers got too good, giving me varied, challenging work in a seemingly endless supply, which they made palatable with a diabolical unwritten rule: our job is to help you get your job done with a minimum of hassle. And they were shameless with handing out tasty mental treats; letting me find and dig into interesting projects.
And so work expanded to fill my time.
Naturally my learning the jammer - and telling people about it - inevitably slipped. I used to take lunch hours to either get some exercise or work on blog postings. This tapered off and stopped, despite the best of intentions. Time and again my promises to help people that requested help on my blog were silently broken.
The dilemma & the solution
Yet in modern times, how often does one get a chance to work on a genuine new scientific discovery? To work out its rules, limits and unexpected twists, spins and turns? Sure, it looks like “just another instrument”, but it’s an intelligently designed instrument, built around music theory, which is really just a branch of the science of psychoacoustics. It has serious potential.
In other words, work was getting seriously in the way of my dreams. So work, obviously, had to go. Letting go of paying work, like any addiction, been a long process, but I finally become a free, retired man in January. Yippee!
(My saintly wife will continue to work, to keep out of my hair, and support me.)
There is an old saying that “Well planned is half-way done”. I am filling this time, when I am too busy with Christmas stuff to do computer stuff, with research and planning. Here's a few of my critical priorities:
- Primary: to learn to get in 2 early sessions a day, of perhaps 60-90 minutes (whatever I can stand) of “deep practice” learning to play the jammer. Research has shown this is optimum for learning an instrument.
- Make a quick (2-weeks), but decent video demonstrating what a cool toy the Jammer is.
- Make a good plan with concrete goals and deliverables.
Now this has got to be one crazy scheme; to take a pefectly good retirement and fill it with work! Many of my friends have even hinted that I am stark, starting bonkers.
But, that would make me ....
Ken, the slightly Mad Musical Scientist
PS. And a big THANK YOU to all my friends at WorkSafeBC - a great place to work.