Oh boy, is organising a convention not the thing I want to be doing this time next year.
Tough going - about 60% of the way through. This book has now taken me more than a month to read. Still, it’s got better since I started it - the number of protagonists at the start is confusing and jarring, but after a few hundred pages you get the feel of it.
The new series is pretty excellent, although I’ve only seen the first three episodes. More will wait until after this convention I’m organising blows over.
Somewhat indulgent emo pop. I may be listening to this album mainly for Mad World.
There is none right now. My life is filled with order and responsibility. Which I imagine is why I feel so stressed. But I refuse to have any eristic influence disrupt what is for the next little while a very structured set of tasks.
Oh god, I am either going to explode on Saturday, or emerge refreshed and renewed.
The fact that I have free time, choices, and passions beyond my Ph.D.
Do my hobby full-time.
Stuff is pretty good, but at the same time I’m still living in a city with a CBD that smells like rotting meat.
Mainly based on the reviews it got. Heavy-going, fractured narrative, reminds me strongly of Robert Anton Wilson only with less philosophical preaching and tounge-in-cheek cameos. Is this good or bad? Remains to be seen.
Still. We had a dry spell when I was unable to access the hub and therefore my source of new episodes was cut off. We’ll be catching up from this point on.
New musician I picked up in Wellington. With the focus being on working and concentrating I’ve been listening to a bunch of ambient recently. This album fits right in.
Along with other peoples’ (people leaving Christchurch due to it being pretty crappy these days), I’ve been champing at the bit to try other things. One thing I’m doing is learning Objective-C + Cocoa, which means I could conceivably start making applications for OS X at some point. Along with this, the knowledge that people who make programs with Obj-C aren’t naturally good at it, they’ve just learned how to make programs with it. And that gets me thinking, “I could do that”.
Which bind me in the present. Only so much you can do about this - I’m cool with the fact that my decision that I should do a Ph.D. has put me where I am today. After all, it’s a good wage for a job that makes me more likely to get jobs in the future. I just don’t see it as an end-point at all, and even less so now than a month or two ago.
Money, shelter, circumstances.
Spend my life doing whatever I wanted, without the constraints of an actual job around my neck.
Should I continue with this? After all, I seemed to get on fine without monthly projects last month.
I almost feel like a monthly review should take this into account, without the constant need to pick three important ones. But here’s a few things I’d like to get done over the next month anyway, without going into horrid weekly-report territory:
Hell, this is happening anyway. I’d like to go to Wellington, do some research, and come back with results.
Birds is the current project for Makers, our little game-making thing. I’d love to have that submitted and either accepted or rejected, so we can move onto other projects. I feel I’ve let Makers down a wee bit recently, having been involved with other projects that are the new hotness.
Now I don’t have the excuse that the site looks crap. Oh hey everyone go visit and subscribe to the RSS feed or follow the twitter account. Because more readers are good! Tell your friends and stuff. Also, more links = higher google rank, or some SEO thing.
So yeah. More for Trash, which has a storyline and everything! Go go writing productivity.
Which, you know, we’re putting on in June. Assuming we have a con in June.
I’m pretty sure that’s enough for a long list of things we have to do. No weekly reports, although if I have enough I may even post here with non-productivity-related things. We’ll see.
Green. Everything is groovy (or at least, right now it is for me).
Two books recently. The first was The Magus, by John Fowles, and the second (which I’m currently reading) is *The Fifth Business, by Robertson Davies. Both historical fiction based around the 1900-1950 era, and both considerably different from my usual fare, both in writing style and content. A nice change.
Community, one of the funnier American comedies currently running. Danny Pudi is an amazing actor.
Passion Pit’s Manners, which has been my get-up wake-up music for the past week.
Either caffeine or placebo, but last night I managed to do so much more than I’ve done in ages. Which is a good sign.
Work still tugs at me. And, in a way, guilt. The combination of the two shuts me down more often than anything else.
The spare time I get from this earthquake. Time at home is wonderful for making things, and working on things.
I had, for six months, a source of money and no obligations.
Ah, yeah. About that.
OK, so look. By now you’re probably aware that we ended up having another nice big earthquake in Christchurch that ended up levelling about one third of the CBD. Thankfully we’re in the right spot (suburbs west of the city centre) so we have power and water (that still needs to be boiled).
Since I was on the eighth floor of the Rutherford building, I decided to leg it out of there without grabbing my stuff first. So until last night I didn’t have my laptop and was in a continual state of disarray as to what I was doing.
So. Monthly goals.
I did indeed get half of the last Chapter of How We Left written. But no more.
I’ve got some stuff worked out for making graphs in ruby, which is somewhat tangential. But PXRD analysis is low down on the list of things I need to do these days.
We were on time with this, until the earthquake stopped all progress in its tracks. We can but hope that J. Mat. Sci. will change around its deadline.
This month! A lot of what we’ll be doing is recovering. I’ll be heading to Wellington for a week for research. I’m planning on putting off goals until next month. Now to do a review…
Yep! Madly, madly yep. Lots of work on this made me spend all of yesterday going arg headache. But we’re almost there.
I’ve talked with Emma on making it look pretty, so maybe I’ll be making it look pretty. No work on Chap 3 of the current story though. And I don’t think it’ll get done today - lots to get done today!
Some indirect work on this - have talked to other people in MacD who’re doing similar stuff (building PXRD analysis software in python), and have started working on a graphing library which may come in useful.
Presumably my labmate is doing the catalysis runs that will get put in the paper. We’ll see about that.
This needs some work. It’s a bit shabby and I haven’t updated anything for a while and I should really check that the RSS feed works.
A bit for my thesis. And for using. And I should actually start working on it.
I’m submitting a paper. Eventually. So let’s see if we can make it this month.