Strange Friends

I had dinner with a bunch of Cambridge friends this evening – three of whom were economists and one a biologist. This is the second time that we were meeting up in a week. Some time during dinner, a thought occurred to me – I am mixing with an odd bunch. Odd because I don’t really have much to say.

I once told my colleagues at work that I am a sociable geek – a geek whom can attend parties and engage in small talk, regardless of how much I dislike socialising. However, this does not change the fact that I am a little out of my element with most of my Cambridge friends. This is because most of my Cambridge friends are not from the engineering/computer fields, which is rather surprising.

On the one hand, it is good to know people who think and see things from a different perspective. On the other hand, it is sometimes quite difficult communicating with people who are not used to the exactness and preciseness of technical language. I am not complaining about my friends but rather complaining about the lack of people whom I can share difficult technical conversations with.

In an ideal situation, I would have some friends whom I can share technical conversations with on an even field. However, there is some difficulty in finding such people around. There are just not that many people with my kind of expertise and experiences around. There are plenty of technical people at work, but I spend much of my time teaching and imparting knowledge rather than learning and discussing.

That’s not to say that I don’t want to do the former, but I have begun to realise that I have an unfulfilled gap in my life. I really need to either adapt, or find another alternative – such as writing a technical blog.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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