2008-05-30 00:36 UTC Low dex, high strength, and a skin that can be made into near-magical armour
I love my job. I really do. I work with some of the brightest people I know, on something that is directly affecting literally a billion people, from all walks of life, and which has the potential to eventually reach everyone alive (except maybe these folk).
Not only that, but I find what I work on to be fascinating, interesting, and challenging. I'm in the enviable position of being someone who is paid to do his hobby as a job. Some people wonder what they would do if they didn't have to go to work, but I know what I would do: standards development is exactly what I did, as a hobby, the year I spent seeking a job in the Bay Area between when I got my BSc and when I finally gave up and took Håkon up on his job offer in Norway.
I've even managed to find an employer who not only lets me work full time on improving the Web, but actually gave me specific instructions to not put the company's short-term interests ahead of the Web's, something which is frankly unheard of in the industry.
However, every now and then I have to deal with stuff like this (earlier messages on the thread), and it makes me long for the days of the axiomatic proof.