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What it's like to be me: 30 minutes of a morning

Get a client e-mail about a Drupal node clone bug and a basic question about where to look up registration data of people submitting forms on the web site (we'd made them with ubercart free order, so admin/store/ etc.), look for errors about this in the dblog, note again all the hits the site is getting for images that are no longer in that location from stupid people on forums who hotlinked them on the old site, realize this time that stopping these many hits to the Drupal 404 not found page, which even worse is redirected to a node in their setup, is making boost create a cache for each one,

Productivity fail

I have tons to do. How did i spend three and a half hours this morning, from 5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., reading the last year and a quarter of Candorville?

I've been rocking the work the past week or so. Maybe i should have really fully taken Saturday off like i planned. Because productivity this Sunday wasn't supposed to be an option.

Sledding this morning was good though!

Also read an essay on the women's liberation movement by Jo Freeman,
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/hist_texts/structurelessness.html

The Big Todo of October 18 2009

By Monday morning:
- Jonas last hurrah - webform downloads, etc.
- Book proposal
- CBS status update

Also needs working on today:
- Drupal core RDF
- Genarts
- Email responses to SCF people

Inbox 84

Days after returning from India, my work e-mail inbox is down to just 84 undealt with e-mails. Which is pretty good since it was just under 300 when I went to India.

I realize, however, that the appearance of prospective manageability of my communications is because people have given up on me. If I start being responsive and replying right away, people will write more.

The key to balancing the inbox, I guess, is to respond quickly but write very discouraging things.

Work: Technical writing; being a manager

Recorded 2000 January 9, from John Melançon, paraphrased:

“While I was trying to eat in New York City, some friends suggested technical writing. I don’t know if I’d’ve been able to do it. They knew I was fairly intelligent but they didn’t know of my lack of education. I didn’t spread that around; quite the opposite, I gave the impression I had been to college."

[And in a different context:]

"I’m such a good manager because I have no ego. It’s true. Anyone could give advice, and I would listen to them."

[He knew that "I have no ego" was a laugh line!]

on having an office manager / personal assistant

Eliana urges that it is necessary to have:

limited responsibilities
*3 month plan, action plan, maybe 6 months*

Work for owners

I was reminded by Zeldman's 20 signs you don't want a web design project about what Dad said about working for owners. The owner, especially the small to medium-scale owner, is most likely to care and know about what their business is doing.

"Talk about powers of observation..."

[I think it was the same job that he knows he got only because of white skin privilege, though I'd have to ask to clarify. Note to self: too late now, %$#@&*!

It was a place with a big printing operation, his job was the lowest in the place to [move printed sheets].

He happened to notice that a word was mis-spelled, deodorant (maybe in the same way I just mis-spelled it, "deoderant"). He brought a sheet to his foreman who called the office and then yelled "stop the presses!"

The big boss wanted to know who spotted it.

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