So, I’m not the best conversationalist, but I can be pretty OK. I realized one advantage I have. I’m interested in almost everything. So I can have knowledgeable conversations about many things.
I was at dinner the other day and I talked to someone about Warcraft III. I’ve never played it but I know enough about it to talk a little bit. Talked to another guy who rooms with the moderator of DDRFreak.com. Which of course I frequent, so we talked a while about that. Incidentally, the site treats him well, financially. But anyway. And then I talked with a guy who works for the Merc, which I read religiously, so I was asking questions about specific columnists and stuff like that. I dunno, I had something to say about all these things.
What I worry is that I’ll become this guy who knows about a lot of things but isn’t good at anything useful. I think I read a story about this in Esquire a while ago, some brilliant guy who does nothing but ride a motorcycle. What I’ve been worrying recently is that my breadth of knowledge is preventing a depth of knowledge. Like, Eric has a depth of knowledge with computer language that’s formidable. But does he know what Canadian Football Team drafted Raghib “The Rocket” Ismail? And the owner’s name? Can he recite the Gummi Bears theme song?
I can. But it’s useless. I dunno, I’m thinking of maybe limiting what I read so I don’t know so much, so maybe I’ll be better able to know certain things in depth. But I don’t know if that’s the real reason I have trouble remembering programming minutiae forever the way Eric does.