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Marshall Harrison - "the gotspeech guy"

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Well today is my 52nd birthday. That's right, I'm an Old Man playing in a young man's game.

I love what I do and I wouldn't trade it for anything but sometimes I get feeling old and wonder if it's time to give up the game...or not.

Staying up on what is happening with OCS and Speech Server (not to mention IVR as a whole) has become a never ending job. There are so many interesting things to investigate and experiment with that there just isn't enough time to do it all. There is always something (work, family. sleep etc) that seems to take priority. I can't quit work as I need the money like the rest of you. I can't ignore the family or they get upset. That only leaves sleep and as I get older I find it harder to give up on the sleep. All this creates quite a conundrum.

But I really love Speech Server and coding and I can't think of any thing I would rather be doing that pays money. I can think of a lot of things I would rather be doing that doesn't pay. Until I figure out how to get paid for fishing, or setting around on the porch with my feet up or hanging out on the radio I'll just keep doing what I'm doing now.

In case you are wondering about the title of this blog entry I'll explain it. Not counting leap years I've been living now for:

18,980 days

455,520 hours

27,331,200 minutes

1,639,872,000 seconds



That's a lot of days. Like I said - an Old Man playing a young man's game.

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 3:08 PM by marshallharrison


kstep said:

Happy Birthday Marshall,

Seems like forever since we met back on the Speech Server Beta days.  Hang in there. You are doing a great service to those of us who share your excitement with Speech Server, here on GotSpeech.

Take Care

# May 28, 2008 1:33 PM

marshallharrison said:

Thanks Ken.

That was in January of 2004 - a lot has changed since then.

# May 28, 2008 3:29 PM
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