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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Wednesday (2/11/09) 10:56am - ... wherein It's Wednesday.

I don't know what to make of this week.  On the one hand, I've had a lot of fun.  On the other, I feel like I'm wasting my life.

There were lots of fun things to go and do.  I went dancing a few times, and that was as pleasant as always:  danced with everybody, caught up with friends, clumsily failed to flirt with anyone.  I checked out some theater:  on Friday I saw "Blue Micetro", the rarely-performed, frightfully-offensive cousin of Micetro, and on Saturday I saw Kill Will, a Guy-Ritchie-style play about criminals chasing after the lost diary of William Shakespeare.  I also went to see LOST on Wednesday, and ran into a bunch of friends there.

So that was all good.

At home, though, I've just been wasting time.  I've spent an ungodly amount of hours recovering photos that I lost in that August '08 hard-drive failure[1], and switching my online to-do-list manager from Toodledo to Remember the Milk.[2]  Also, my universal remote started eating batteries like whoa, so I've been trying to sort out that problem.

So that was less good.  Nobody goes to their grave wishing they'd spent more time repairing their universal remote.

I've squeezed in a little bit of creative effort.  I wrote a Pimp My TV trailer for Sketchwar and finished off another Sketchwar-commentary post.  I went to the latest ASG read and hung out with the local screenwriters afterwards.  But that's about it.  *sigh*

This week looks okay:  more dancing (*shrug*), more theater (*shrug*).  I won't be at tonight's LOST screening, but I may go check out Grimm tomorrow.  Oh, and the TV-writing class starts up on Tuesday, so that should keep me out of trouble for a while.

The Utterly-Useless Fact of the Week:
There have been two recorded cases of death by nutmeg (one in 1908 and one in 2001).


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[1] Side note:  I went ahead and paid for a pro account with flickr.  Now all my photos are arranged into sets and collections and I've dumped some more photos online.

[2] I could go into detail as to why, but seriously, it would bore you to death.

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From:wanderlust_atx
Date:Wednesday (2/11/09) 1:19pm
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I've had the same "I'm wasting my life" feeling this week. If you go to Grimm tomorrow can I tag along?
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From:hujhax
Date:Wednesday (2/11/09) 3:42pm
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Sure thing!  And I'm 90% certain I'm going to Grimm tomorrow -- after that I'll probably be attending yet another screenwriters' group on Thursdays....
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From:majcher
Date:Wednesday (2/11/09) 1:24pm
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Heh. I spent a good chunk of my time recovering old contact information that was lost in an unfortunate syncing incident, and transferring all my task list stuff from Basecamp/RTM to Toodledo. I would be interested in being bored to death by your process musings.
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From:hujhax
Date:Wednesday (2/11/09) 3:42pm
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~ fair enough, then ~

I wanted to try out RTM because (AFAICT) the mobile ("slim") version of Toodledo doesn't let you access searches.  Without searches, I can't use recurring events.  (I finish this week's Wednesday update, and now toodledo reminds me that I have one to write next week.  Useless noise!)

So I moved over to RTM, and then I added in all my yearly/monthly/weekly to-do items.  So far it's working out okay.  Its big disadvantage is that it has no dedicated desktop app.  Its big advantage is that there is a simple email interface.

In fact, one of the big time-vampires for me was to set up an AutoHotKey dialog for that interface:  now I can hit ctrl-alt-T and get a little dialog preset for a nonrepeating, no-due-date "todo" item.  I type in a task name, hit "Enter", and Thunderbird pops up with a properly-formatted email.  I can make adjustments to the task specification if I like, send it off, and ta-da! the task is added.

I'm also liking RTM's multiple-tags feature.

On the other hand, RTM's mobile site sucks compared to toodledo/slim in every way *except* that you can get at the searches.  On RTM's main site, entering a new item when you have a Smart List selected is hopelessly borked -- you enter the new item, and it disappears from your view!  Stupid, stupid, stupid!  And getting at the notes attached to items is an absolute bear.  Then try selecting, copying, and pasting those notes -- if you do that outside of 'editing the note' mode, the clipboard winds up with all sorts of garbage in it.  *shakes head in dismay*

So the whole process might have been a wash, really.  If Toodledo corrects its rectocranial inversion w/r/t the slim site and searches, I might kill even *more* time switching back to Toodledo.
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From:innocentsmith
Date:Wednesday (2/11/09) 2:58pm
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I feel a little presumptuous in saying this, and I may be reading the situation wrong, but Peter, you know, this:

On the one hand, I've had a lot of fun. On the other, I feel like I'm wasting my life.

seems to be to be one of the unifying themes of your blog, and it's starting to be sort of worrisome. (Even speaking as someone whose overriding blog theme is probably "oh god oh god I left __ to the last minute and now I want to die, why do I suck so hard?") If you added up all the "*shrugs*" and "*sigh*"s you've included in recent months in your posts, there would be enough "s"s, "g"s and "h"s to invent a guttural alien language with.

I in no way want to be judgmental - I have no room to be, after all - and I know how frustrating it can be to have someone tell you that you might, just might be facing a problem when you know that perfectly well, but. You seem to be feeling this way a lot; it might really be time to make some kind of change.

Not that I have a magic solution-type suggestion of something you should do! Get involved with! Live authentically! Follow your bliss! ... or anything. I know saying "some kind of change" isn't all that helpful.

It just concerns me to think of someone as smart and generally awesome as you are just drifting, and feeling so...aimless and mildly discontented.

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From:hujhax
Date:Wednesday (2/11/09) 4:07pm
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If you added up all the "*shrugs*" and "*sigh*"s you've included in recent months in your posts, there would be enough "s"s, "g"s and "h"s to invent a guttural alien language with.

... and enough "*"s to give the aliens their own galaxy!  <rimshot>

But seriously -- no, Ms. innocentsmith, you are being neither presumptuous nor judgmental, and I am flattered both by your concern and by your use of the phrase 'generally awesome'.  Your assessment of my state of mind matches my own (hey! this means I can pat myself on the back for writing accurate prose!), and I'm probably 4-5 years past 'chuck it all and follow your bliss' and 2-3 years past 'okay, you're ambivalent about what your bliss might be, just chuck it all and follow *something*'.

So:  it's a known issue, and I appreciate the nudge in the right direction.

(Side note:  you may also find this thread interesting.)
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