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Thu, 01 Mar 2018

Attention Span

Attention span and patience seem to be directly related. When I do finally get in the zone I get interrupted by others who themselves have no patience and demand immediate attention. This can be as innocuous as a text message, which now means "Hey, reply to me within 60 seconds or I will text you repeatedly until you do reply", or it can be someone stopping by your desk to ask a question. It seems to be generational - that is, my kids are more likely to exhibit this behavior than my older friends, but I also see it at work. It's even worse there, as you are expected to reply to IM's or texts immediately. What I do now is IM my manager and tell him that I'm going offline for a bit for lunch or whatever, to set the expectation that I won't be responding right away.

posted at: 12:33 | path: / | permalink | attention-span, technology

Sun, 26 Nov 2017

Old Books and Old Tech

I was back in the States last week to visit friends and family. We generally travel the week before the US Thanksgiving, just to avoid huge delays at the border. Anyway, while there I was able to grab some boxes of books that have been in storage for a while - not all of them but just the ones I'm likely to re-read or that have some sentimental significance. Most of the others I'll be giving away, but I have the fantasy and scifi classics I've collected over the years, including Heinlein, Bradbury, Asimov and Clarke.

read more after the break...

posted at: 09:58 | path: / | permalink | books, fantasy, retro, scifi, technology

Sat, 21 Oct 2017


Jynx started off the fascinating discussion on simple living, asceticism, and technology use [0][1]:

I think that my perfect life scenario is something akin to a cabin in the woods with no roads leading in. No humans for miles.

That pretty much sums it up for me, although I'd insist on the companionship of my wife. Our kids are getting older, too, and she has expressed interest in moving to a more remote locale in the next five years. Her ideal is a farm but I'm quite content with a simple cabin. Those of you who are married to an, *ahem* strong personality can tell immediately how that will end. So I'd better start researching how to run a farm.

read more after the break...

posted at: 21:51 | path: / | permalink | asceticism, cabin, finances, simple-living, technology