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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Cryptic writings isn't just a Megadeth album name

If you've been following me for a while, then you've probably noticed that some of my posts aren't the most direct things in the world. Of course, you might have noticed that other posts come right out and take a position on something. Questions probably abound, like why the variance? Why don't I stick to one mode all of the time? Why do I make you jump through hoops sometimes?

There are multiple reasons. Sometimes, I think using an analogy is a better way to get my point across. That can be because just describing it directly will trigger too many automatic reactions in the reader. Some of those reactions are legitimate, like they'd never believe certain things happened, or were just said.

If you've ever thought something like "did they just go there? They DID!" while someone was telling a story, that's the sort of thing I'm talking about.

Other reasons include the fact that it might be too much of a painful situation to get into it directly. Related to this might be that not enough time has passed. Another possibility is that there are still other folks out there watching to see if you're going to violate some kind of non-disclosure agreement.

As you can imagine, the threat is real.

More than anything else, I consider myself a writer. That much has been clear over the last few years: despite all of the computer stuff going on, there's always been my writing as an outlet. It's not always been appreciated, and people have tried to muzzle me for doing totally reasonable things they just didn't like, but my thoughts find a way out sooner or later.

There are some magic words in all of this. "Wages and working conditions" are some of them.

There's also the fact that a bunch of stuff happens at more than one company, and I've worked in some of them and have friends who tell me about others. I call this the "Dilbert situation", which is where people would write in to the author of that comic strip and would say "you must have worked at X" based on some story he did, and he could honestly say that he didn't. He'd seen the same pattern somewhere else.

I, too, have seen the same things in multiple places. Some of it is harder to find, but when it's there, it's there.

Stay tuned, I guess!