Forum log not-quite-summary, 18-19 December 2019

Filed under: Summaries, Tempus fugit — Jacob Welsh @ 06:30

Thanks to my buggy, unspecified, slow implementation of half a personal scheduling algorithm - and I dunno, perhaps some degree of avoidance for reasons yet uncertain - I've repeatedly deferred the task of catching up with the Forum Log of #trilema from where I left off for holidays in December. With the idea of taking care of both this and daily blogging in one stroke, I've been assigned to write articles summarizing what I read for the day, on the usual one-hour time limit, though I'm going for two hours daily on the reading. Here's the stubby result of my first try; on the reading I had reached the end of the 21st.

End of 2019-12-18(i)

Trinque expands for jfw on what he's after in a minimal operating system, excludes building towards the purpose of supporting particular large applications, and shares his favored type of client for this sort of work and how the client's needs affect the outcome. He critiques jfw's wallet security strategy and holds him to blame for the acknowledged flaws of the inherited software in his distribution; trinque notes his self-critical nature as he had made the same choices.

In a discussion of the consequences of negrating that arose upon the reappearance of absentee investor mike_c, trinque weighs in against repossession of funds.


MP adds some wordplay to the fun he's having in morning "whorship". BingoBoingo has a tentative agreement for representing mike_c. He and MP two chat about local happenings; BingoBoingo has over two years now in Uruguay. He reports on his datacenter employment search; MP offers encouragement and likens the southern and northern Argentines (i.e. USians), their only difference in outcomes owing to the historical accident of life support from China. Strained Argentina-Uruguay relations are mentioned, then BingoBoingo's choice of venues for speaking with mike_c. BingoBoingo had two pleasant visits that month and is keen to see Northern Latino lands (presumably such as Costa Rica where MP will be returning).

  1. This part was a re-read, but included since that's where I started today. Its being addressed to me while I've not yet otherwise responded might have added some pointless awkwardness to the writing process. [^]


This is not an article.

Filed under: Tempus fugit — Jacob Welsh @ 19:25

Today's "morning article" is a public admission of failure to produce a morning article or even coherent slice of an article. I've got a start on presenting my Linux distro, but I'd rather not waste anyone's time with a half-assed mess on this complex topic. Faced with a couple bad options, I'm choosing to not snowball my problems further and move on for now. May I be more productive tomorrow.


Remedial time management

Filed under: Tempus fugit — Jacob Welsh @ 09:12

I find myself in what I'd like to interpret optimistically as a regressive phase of that messy process of growth.

After some years of a life carefully arranged so as not to burden me with much in the way of deadlines, where I could pursue whatever line of thought or activity seemed interesting or important and at whatever length I pleased, I chose to again submit to the rigors of the time-sensitive way of being. To my younger self these had seemed unwanted impositions from above; and this could even be true, if you take "above" to mean "reality", which doesn't care in the slightest about your wants. In this messy and entropic world, the time-sensitive way is the surest way to survive, to collaborate effectively, and to make the most of the limited time each one of us gets, and is a key part of the elusive "growing up" or "getting one's act together". (I've heard it said that women tend to figure this out earlier, from biological necessity, and I tend to believe it.)

Is it any wonder, after a period of youthful indolence, that my time management skills - which I don't recall having ever been made particularly explicit, relative to their importance - have atrophied? I loaded my schedule up, and things started falling off and making messes. While time management is not my only problem, I do believe it's a big one and would like to take this time while it's fresh in mind to set down what I've learned about it thus far, and primarily for my own reference.

1. Your time is a scarce resource, like any other, but highly non-renewable in that once spent it can never be earned back, and has no substitute.

2. You can never solve all your problems. You can solve some; they will be replaced with more; eventually the small ones will accumulate, or one big one will come along, you will be unable to cope, and you will die. The choices you get are which ones you're willing to suffer with, and how vigorously you will act to keep them at bay.

3. All those tools you know you ought to be using: plans, calendars, agendas, schedules... yes, you need to use them. Take care of them and let them take care of you.

4. Scheduling works by explicitly reserving minimum time blocks for important tasks (and honoring them).

5. Don't "snowball": if you drop one thing, avoid giving up or letting it spill over to other things too.

6. Buffers: allocate extra time to allow for overruns, and all the larger when it's unfamiliar territory.

7. Expect the unexpected: make time for the unplanned opportunities or challenges that arise so frequently.

8. When things don't fit, re-evaluate correctly what the gains and losses are from a given decision.

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