Except for a few rare instances I’ve done just about everything I can do when it comes to my profession. At least that is what I’ve thought for a while. I’m coming to the grand conclusions that I may have been wrong about that.
Technology is advancing so quickly it’s getting harder and harder to keep up. You figure out how to do something today, and tomorrow the procedure changes and your back to square one. I guess that is part of what is so nice, and frustrating, about what I do. The basic principles haven’t changed in a long time. As a matter of fact, if you were inclined to do so, you could still do most of what I do with paper and pencil. God forbid that should ever happen though. It would take me forever to get anything done.
So it becomes a game of trying to at least stay on the curve when it comes to technology. I’ve seen a lot of it come and go. Some of it was good. A lot of it was bad. And it was all touted as being the end all, be all, for getting the job done. “It will save you so much time you won’t believe it.” And for the cost it better have. Although, as we move ahead, the tech seems to be a lot more good than bad. Even if it doesn’t play well with others at times.
So where does that leave me? Watching a whole shitload of youtube videos, reading a whole bunch of message boards, and looking over product documentation. All I can say about that is “thank god someone else screwed it up before I did and asked the manufacturer a question” and then posted it online. A little trial and error goes a long way when all of the questions have already been asked.
I’m not complaining. I could be stuck in some dead end job that requires no thought or creativity. The day goes by a lot faster when I’m busy and being challenged. It also has the added benefit of keeping me mentally sharp.
Who says an old dog can’t teach itself a few new tricks.