Productivity in the crapper

posted by Jeff | Friday, February 6, 2004, 9:00 AM | comments: 5
Well, what the hell, I've blogged every other day this week...

I have a lot of things in my head that I'd like to do. I'd like to start yet another Web site, this time for volleyball, I want to expand my code library with certain useful things, like a blog extension for POP Forums, I still want to learn Flash, I want to someday code a game... lots of ideas.

The problem is that I can't do any of this shit at "work," because everything is so locked down that I can't get to my Web server to access stuff. What's worse, the fact that I have nothing to do sucks the life out of me so I'm not interested when I get home.

I realized the other day that there are a lot of things I'd really like to do. I'd like to write a screenplay and direct the "film." I'd like to write a computer book too, though that at least is moving forward to some degree with one publisher. If they go for it, you can bet I'll be a happy guy.

I really want to enjoy the "now' too, but I feel like I live for weekends then don't really do anything but chill out and rest. That's disturbing.

If only I didn't have to generate enough money to maintain the J-Pizzie lifestyle! :)



February 6, 2004, 2:46 PM # My biggest fear with the current job going bye-bye isn't that I won't find something, but rather that I'll choose too quickly and end up in a soul-sucking dronehouse somewhere. 61C was a lot of work at times, but it was great research stuff. I still looked forward to the weekends sometimes, but at least I didn't mind being at work.

The fact that the firewall didn't block outbound IMs or web surfing sure helped with the sanity, though. Heck, IM was ENCOURAGED -- we ran our own internal IRC server for company communications, and all of us were on at least one of AIM or ICQ as well.


February 6, 2004, 4:41 PM # 5 in a row! *whew*

I had enrolled in a Flash class this semester, but dropped it when I picked up Dif. Eq. I was really excited.

Was the screenplay idea one of those "on a whim" wishes, or have you been thinking about it?


February 6, 2004, 6:03 PM # I've wanted to write a screenplay since I was in high school. The problem is that I'm not sure I could write anything that wasn't based on my life (which is probably not as interesting to other people as is to me).


February 6, 2004, 6:28 PM # I have a screenplay I was working on for months, but I decidied to trash it because my characters were becoming boring. I try not to follow my own life when writing. I watch the people around to gather inspiration. It makes it much interesting, but the problems lay when my imagination runs away from me. I have to control it, if not, then I'm thinking of anything and everything randomly, which confuses and causes mental block.


February 6, 2004, 8:09 PM # You never know what is interesting to others until you do it. I had a writing teacher who once told me "write about that which you know or like" as you'll likely do your best job on those subjects.

As for weekends, it's mid winter. The weather is crappy, we are pretty much cooped up, and you aren't the only one who has no enthusiasm for things you want to or feel you should do. I see nothing wrong with zoning on weekends in the winter. A fire in the fireplace, a good book, and a Corona do wonders for me.

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