I spent this last weekend in Hyatt
West Hollywood
in meetings with other Student Consultants on the
West Coast from Microsoft. It’s a true pleasure to meet and work with
smart people who understand what they’re doing, which I don’t get that
very often at my regular job. This week is fairly brutal for me. I had
a midterm on Monday, which I think I did pretty well on, another on
Wednesday, and an assignment due Friday. Ouch. Of note is my friend
Nelson Lai’s web site. It’s really
funny, and he updates it on a regular basis. In fact, it’s so good that
whenever I see him, I hardly talk to him because I know everything about
his life from his site.

"Man is thus metamorphosed into a thing, into many things. The
planter, who is Man sent out into the field to gather food, is seldom
cheered by any idea of the true dignity of his ministry. He sees his
bushel and his cart, and nothing beyond, and sinks into the farmer,
instead of Man on the farm. The tradesman scarcely ever gives an ideal
worth to his work, but is ridden by the routine of his craft, and the
soul is subject to dollars. The priest becomes a form; the attorney,
a statute-book; the mechanic, a machine; the sailor, a rope of a ship."
The American Scholar, R.W. Emerson