Some of my great friends here at Microsoft are blogging on TechNet currently and have been doing so for years; I am a bit late getting into the game; but now I am here too. Both these friends and my friends outside of Microsoft will tell you that I can be a bit wacky at times. I am looking forward to sharing what I can publicly in my studies while researching SharePoint issues. I am fairly certain that I will present other random topics as well... but I digress. What is up with my Web Log's title?

One of my heros is the late Albert Einstein, and he, along with my late Dad  and the late Brockholst Barrett has taught me the values that have, for the most part, led me to where I am today - a Support Escalation Engineer on the Escalation Services (formerly CPR) team here at Microsoft. Among these values are those needed to do great support work:

  • Observation
  • Use of the Scientific Method
  • Continuing Education
  • Hard Work (Perspiration over Inspiration)
  • A diverse set of tools
  • A hopeful spirit

Einstein wrote a paper that was published in 'Nature' in 1940. In this he said that: "a person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings and aspirations to which he clings because of their super-personal value ... regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a Divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities". In that same paper, he capsulized the more quotable, though perhaps not quite as weighty sentiment: "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind".

My thoughts, feelings and aspirations to which I cling because of the super personal value that they hold to me are predicated on one cheif concern - that I can be of help to everyone I possibly can. My goal in life is simply to be helpful to others; when I do so everything else works out for me properly. So the title of my blog is to remind me of why I am doing the work that I do, to give props to Mr. Einstein and to let you know that I am indeed a bit wacky. I am looking forward to my next post already!

- Scott