April 6, 2005

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From Jan Alonzo:

I think the reason why I mentioned "Planning the Unplanned" is because we plan (and prioritize) the stuff we want to do for the day, analyse it, and see how much "procrastination time" we have for that day. By looking at your tasks, you kinda think "Oh I've got a bit of _space_ here, let's read some email. That sort of thing. Well, at least, that's how I think anyway :-).

From Clair:

Hehehe. M-x plan. I like it as a title for your blog. Very appropriate :D

From Gerd Flaig:

How do you like the term 'agile planning'?

From Paul Lussier:

Just read your blog on procrastination. It might amuse you to know that I coined the term (with my best friend Celeste) "Productive Procrastination" over 15 years ago! :)

I'm sure we weren't the first to come up with, what with me being one of the wholly most un-original people on this planet. But Celeste and I would constantly "help" each other "productively procrastinate" on a regular basis. The definition of "Productive Procrastination" is:

The avoidance of doing something mostly uninteresting by doing something else which also legitimately needs to be accomplished, but probably not nearly as urgently as that task which you are attempting to avoid.

Often times this would be in the form of studying for one class in order to avoid studying for another. Or working on a CS project which was due soon, but not nearly as soon as the impending calculus exam :) Just today infact, I avoided building 2 Windows laptops by figuring out how to extend planner! I'm sure you get the point...

I've recently (in the past year or so) come across another term for my "Productive Procrastination":

Shaving the Yak

as defined here:

http://www.ai.mit.edu/lab/gsb/gsb-archive/gsb2000-02-11.html

So, you have my vote in favor of using "Productive Procrastination" as your wiki title :)

Hey, that sounds like structured procrastination, mentioned by an essay I read a year ago or so...

Mmkay, let's try "productively procrastinating". (Title of the day!)

猫は捕らえたネズミを引き裂き始めた。 The cat began to tear at the mouse it caught.

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Open source licenses

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensources/book/brian.html has a good explanation of the differences between popular open source licenses.

その少年たちはかわいい猫と一緒に2人きりで暮らしていた。 The two boys lived alone with a lovely cat.

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PIM love

I am completely in love with my latest indispensable personal information management tool:

A 3x5 deck of plain (unruled) index cards.

Seriously. A 3x5 deck of plain index cards and a writing implement like a black gel pen, a black 0.5 Pilot Hi-Techpoint (which just gives me a great feeling) or a Mongol #2 pencil is my geek survival kit.

Why?

I can write temporary notes on index cards. It's random-access, so I can flip through things. The plastic neatly holds business cards and folded pieces of paper. If I need to give people information, I can write on new 3x5 cards and give the cards to them—they're tougher than paper, so they won't get lost or crumpled as easily.

I lurv my index cards.

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その猫はもう少しでトラックにひかれそうになった。 The cat came near being run over by a truck.

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