I want to be Clarkson

Filed under: life,review — jaydublu @ 8:34 pm

I wouldn’t like to think I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or other form of mental divergence, but there are several ‘routines’ that keep me sane. One of them is a long hot bath, which I have on a Wednesday and a Sunday, accompanied with a good strong drink (preferably associated with a few slugs of Bourbon), and a good book.

It’s where I do most of my best thinking and strategising, and I probably should be able to blog from there biut that’s another story.

But given that I’ve been a bit lax in recent posting I thought I should share my thinking after a particluarly good hot soak this evening … I envy Jeremy Clarkson despite every instinct in my body.

I’m approaching 40 (fast!) which means I’ve probably spent a good portion of that time avoiding corniness and predictabilty. However I’ve been contemplating that position of recent times and come to the conclusion that I’m able to come out of the closet and embrace corniness – why fight it?

So here’s a start – Jeremy Clarkson is a lucky bastard and I wish I had his job!

What’s triggered this? I’ve just finished reading ‘The day after tomorrow‘ by Alan Folsom and started ‘The World According to Clarkson‘ and it’s killing me that I’m laughing out loud at (and incidentally agreeing with) most of what he’s saying, and wishing it was me saying it.

I’m sure he’s successful because there are many like me who can intimately relate to his views – it’s just the he has the bollocks and the verbosity to express them – that there’s someone out there experiencing and expressing this stuff is brilliant – even if I wish it could be me.


  1. On more than one occasion have I invoked the image of Clarkson to describe you to a 3rd party: e.g. ‘He is to the web scene what Jeremy Clarkson is to the motor industry’.

    Not unfavourable:
    – openly and colourfully opinionated, with experience to substantiate his rants
    – unashamedly enthusiastic
    – infantile enjoyment of new toys, needing to pepper vocab. with swearing to maintain adult status
    – always right
    (except when…)
    – delightful to all concerned when accepting the existence of ‘alternative possibilities’
    – old enough to keep the safety catch on whatever is being tinkered with…
    – except sometimes

    Seriously, most aspects of my working day are informed by your methods and tutelage.
    Here is a list of technologies that I have been converted to by JW: PHP, MySql, web standards, Subversion (and strategic ignoring), Apache, JQuery, Linux, Mod Rewrite, CMS tricks with 404 scripts, just do it, RTFM. Thanks for all that, Jim!

    Good luck with your free enterprise, and the subtle effects of turning 40…

    Comment by sujvala — March 28, 2008 @ 11:14 am

  2. Wow!

    I don’t quite know what to say to that – I only wish I felt I live up to a fraction of it. I like the ‘infantile enjoyment of new toys .. old enough to keep the safety catch on’.

    I’ve a post brewing inspired by a piece in this month’s .net magazine you might like about good ideas prevailing … if I don’t get distracted I hope to get it written today.

    Catch you soon…

    Comment by jaydublu — March 29, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

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