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:


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 3×5 deck of plain (unruled) index cards.

Seriously. A 3×5 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.


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 3×5 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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