Weekly Picks 7/20/15

Last week I was on a much needed break, so back to business this week.


Before enrolling in seminary I worked in a call center doing tech support. I love computers and I love fixing them. However, from my perspective, the call center I worked in did not actually want techs, but rather customer service reps who were capable of doing tech support. It was somewhat of a mismatch. I cared about fixing whatever problem the caller was having, but my managers seemed to care more about how nice and pleasant I was being. The phone rings incessantly, and you do indeed find any and every excuse to get off the phones. I was, and still am, a tech. I am not a customer service rep. I can fix computers. I cannot make people who are angry, frustrated, and irritated feel better over the phone (though fortunately most of the time the callers were not angry when they called in). So all that to link you this article about someone’s experience in a tech support call center: Thank you for calling tech support, now please die.


I’d give you an explanation of the lyrics, but I’m not sure anyone actually knows what this song is about…

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along The Watchtower


In my opinion this article makes a good point: it is harder to endure prosperity and well being than it is poverty and pain. Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain, but from being weary of pleasure. Pray for me — I’m blest

That’s it for this week.



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