I wasn't interested in this show when it first aired on Sci-Fi, and never bothered to see any of the episodes when they were on. Good thing too, as I'd heard mixed reviews of it at the time. However, as these things sometimes do, I ran out of things to watch, and sought something - anything really, which I might find mildly entertaining. So someone gave me EUReKA and I resigned myself to watching it.
Boy was I in for a surprise.
Despite having watched the first season out-of-order, which was disconcerting and didn't enamor me to the series initially, I eventually found it fun and enjoyable, and far less cheesy than I was anticipating.
The score by Bear McCreary didn't hurt either.
The show takes place in a present-day off-the-map community at which a top secret government-funded facility and town are run by geniuses who are involved in all aspects of R&D, as told from the the perspective of the town's smarter-than-you-might-think, average-intelligence Sheriff who helps uncover the mysteries caused by errant mind-blowing technology.
But its the cast and characters which make the series.
What I was really able to connect with about the show was the possibilities which exist while in living/working in such an environment. Labs at home, 24x7 access - an environment which fosters creativity. An environment very close to what I've managed to build here, at home, outside that fictional setting.
We have projects at work to which we're each assigned, mostly individually, sometimes as a group, with or without a suspense date. Sure we have adhoc requests every now and again, a rotating on-call pager and scheduled outages, but I've also managed to very nearly recreate my working environment at home. Which means every hour I spend playing with my toys is ultimately a benefit to work and the new things we play with at work I get to implement at home.
So, not quite EUReKA, but a damn close facsimile.
Outside my assignments, I'm allowed to independently develop and implement my own projects at work, most of which have the full backing of my management...when they know about them. Its a fine line we won't get into here. Point is, I would downright excel living in a community like Eureka. It appeals to me. As it stands, I get to set my own hours and work from home when it would be more beneficial to do so, and I get nearly unlimited tinker-time between work and home.
I am an HP/UX administrator. If you are as well, and would like to do what I do, adjacent me, please contact me immediately with your resume. We have one opening.