Doing what I love

September 30, 2004

In Do What You Love, I shared arguments for doing what you love but did not examine what that was for me. I’ve been thinking a lot about traveling lately. People keep telling me about all the wonderful places I should visit and explore. I am in a position where I really could do that right now, but I haven’t largely because it doesn’t excite me so much. I just read an interview with Craig Barrett, the soon to be retiring CEO of Intel:

Q: What advice would you give to your successor?

A: I will tell my successor: “Make sure you have a passion for the technology and the business, and make sure you try to translate that passion to your employees and the company as a whole.”

People do a good job when they love what they do. They do a good job when they really enjoy and believe in what they do. So, I would make sure that my successor has those characteristics. I would also tell my successor that you make sure that you work hard and play hard. Balance your personal life with your professional life, but do both at 200 miles an hour.

He captured it! My passion is indeed technology and business. I’ve been spending time recently helping a company in my neighborhood firgure out its technology and business strategy not because they are paying me (we have no explicit arrrangement right now), but because I really love the area and want to help make their company work.

Conclusion: I don’t really want to travel. I want to build something. I will be getting back on track with my own projects soon.


War with Iran Nov. 3

September 30, 2004

(Via Belmont Club) Caroline Gilck of the Jerusalem Post notes:

Iran this week summarily rejected the latest call by the International Atomic Energy Agency to cease all its uranium enrichment programs. Speaking at a military parade on Tuesday, where Iran’s surface-to-surface Shihab-3 ballistic missiles earmarked “Jerusalem” were on prominent display, Iranian President Muhammad Khatami defied the IAEA, saying: “We will continue along our path [of uranium enrichment] even if it leads to an end to international supervision.”

US and European sources involved in tracking the Iranian nuclear program have made clear in recent weeks that Iran is between four and six months away from nuclear “break-out” capacity. This means that in the next four to six months Iran will have the nuclear fuel cycle complete, and will be able to independently construct nuclear bombs whenever it wishes. More conservative estimates have spoken of 12-24 months.

On Tuesday, Bush was on the O’Reilly show:

O’REILLY: Would you allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon?

BUSH: We are working our hearts out so that they don’t develop a nuclear weapon, and the best way to do so is to continue to keep international pressure on them.

O’REILLY: Is it conceivable that you would allow them to develop a nuclear weapon?

BUSH: No, we’ve made it clear, our position is that they won’t have a nuclear weapon.

O’REILLY: Period.

BUSH: Yes.

So given the anticipated Iran nuclear schedule and their unwillingess to change it, it looks like we are on a collision course. The possible “out” is that a country other than the US takes out Iran’s nuclear capability e.g. Israel. From CNN:

Iran has said it will react “most severely” to any Israeli action against its nuclear facilities, issuing the warning after Israel said the United States was selling it 500 bunker buster bombs.

Israeli military officials said Tuesday that the Jewish state will receive nearly 5,000 smart bombs, including the 500 one-ton bombs that can destroy two-yard-thick (two-meter-thick) concrete walls.

Israel has good reason to preempt an Iranian nuclear capability among other things because the intent of Iran’s program is clearly directed at Israel’s destruction. In addition to the aforementioned “Jerusalem” missiles, Iran’s leadership has expressed a clear intent. From the Iran Press Service:

RAFSANJANI SAYS MUSLIMS SHOULD USE NUCLEAR WEAPON AGAINST ISRAEL

TEHRAN 14 Dec. (IPS) One of Iran’s most influential ruling cleric called Friday on the Muslim states to use nuclear weapon against Israel, assuring them that while such an attack would annihilate Israel, it would cost them “damages only”.

“If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world”, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani told the crowd at the traditional Friday prayers in Tehran.

If Israel preempts Iran’s nuclear capability, does Iran retaliate aganist the US or just Israel?