The purpose of this blog is to journal my learning process and to think through a set of skills that could make me a contributing element in a more technical environment and that could help me shift my career. If you consider the context of field artillery for a moment, since battlefield technology has progressed so much over recent centuries, the canoneer no longer has eyes directly on the target (miles away instead of yards, and probably behind a mountain range). The guns rely on a "lone," stealthy scout, a forward observer who will spot targets, radio in a fire mission, and relay guidance for adjusting rounds. I can relate to that metaphor now; my targets have seemed remote and indiscernible. I will be firing off a few rounds (learning skills) to get a measure for bearing and distance, I'll adjust fire, and zero in to "fire for effect."