I have always been curious about all sorts of things. How Stuff Works is a treasure trove for me - I didn't get much done the week I discovered it! I don't try to be an expert at everything I do, but there are a lot of subjects I want to learn (more) about. For example:
I used to start working on every idea or question I had the moment I had it. Needless to say this resulted in my doing a whole lot of not much on whole bunches of things! Now I try to focus on just a few interests at a time. My active projects this summer are Trikkeing, learning to draw, and finding and solving the pain points in our automation stack. Semi-active projects include skating, learning about general systems thinking, and pondering how to integrate Rapid Software Testing into the highly-automation-focused milieu that is Microsoft.
I would like to start a small research lab focused on these sorts of things. I am very curious to learn what happens if you take a couple great devs, a few great testers, a do-anything-with-hardware guru, a usability expert, and a talented designer (yes, I'm very open to one person filling multiple of these roles) - and me <g/> - and put them in an environment where they are compensated very well, have the freedom to try all sorts of zany ideas, and work closely with whomever the customers are. I think some very interesting outcomes would result.
If you (or someone you know) run or want to fund such a lab, or if you have a job where I would work with smart people to investigate and find answers to any or all of these topics, I am very interested! <g/> (Bonus points awarded if the job is walking or Trikkeing distance from my home, if the job involves lots of toys (i.e., books, training, tablety hardware), if it sends my wife and me overseas for weeks at a time, if y'all take the time to do things right the first time.)
*** Want a fun job on a great team? I need a tester! Interested? Let's talk: Michael dot J dot Hunter at microsoft dot com. Great coding skills required.