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May 16, 2012

A note on my type


As a rule I like to feature stuff you won't find elsewhere online, at least not in the usual hangouts.

To that end, the collected scope and reach of joehead Nation provides endless incoming links and post material, such that I find a backlog develops in spite of my efforts to put up great things as soon after receipt as I can.

Another off the beaten path resource is dead tree media — newspapers and magazines — oftimes providing superb grist for my mill.

Invariably, though, some things just sit on the pile of future post possibilities, including books I've read, movies I've seen, and a folder of clippings some of which are over two years old.

Periodically I go through that pile and thin it out, posting a few items and discarding the rest.

The problem with books in particular is that, for a day or two after I've finished reading them, I know just what the review will be about, with certain passages already highlighted in my mind.

After a week or three, I don't recall those parts anymore and I lose the mojo I had that made me decide to feature the book.

It then sits a few months longer and finally slinks back to the shelf, unremarked upon here.

Same with links that people send me: I save the emails and in fact print them out in case I accidentally delete them, with the intention of posting the material, but more topical or time-sensitive things appear and those emailed suggestions just keep getting pushed back in the queue.

That's why those of you who send stuff sometimes are surprised enough by my crediting you months after the item arrived to question whether or not you were the person who in fact sent it.

Last week I decided to really make an effort to catch up with the backlog and from now on keep up with the incoming.

It seems to me that the weight of the things not yet posted is hamstringing my capacity to speculate and find connections between things appearing in real time, sort of like running with a weight belt.

I always like to say I'm a mile wide and an inch deep — which by the way is the slogan of Surface magazine — and the subtle but ever present pull of known things waiting to be featured means fewer neurons floating free up on the surface, watching for flying fish.

If that doesn't confuse you, you're something special.*

Long story short: Along with my XO, Gray Cat, this ship's moving at flank speed for the indefinite future.


Which, if you think about it, is an oxymoron unless you've got a really well-oiled crystal ball.

*See above

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I like to archive the whole last year on New Year's Day. So far this year I haven't had to go back to 2011.

Posted by: dalai grandma | May 17, 2012 8:12:41 PM

I accept the responsibility for the data deluge. I'll cut back to 1x10^22 contributions...

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | May 16, 2012 8:51:24 PM

Working on computers and software I often get asked,

How will I ever sort all this data out?

The best way I found out was to arbitrary score everything

(pictures, documents, etc) from 0.1 to 10.0.

Get it all put and scored in different master folders, sort it and go from there.

Simple, yes. Correct way, maybe.

But with a countless amount of junk we think is worth saving, it finds a way to work, and quite well.

Posted by: JoePeach | May 16, 2012 7:23:29 PM

Yeah, I know your type.

Oh dear, flank speed...is that anything like ramming speed?

Posted by: Flautist | May 16, 2012 3:54:35 PM

I wondered how you'd keep up with the onslaught after your request that readers send more material. Just stick in your thumb and pull out a plum, as you've been doing. Whatever you post, we'll read.

You manage an awesome task to filter material, copy links, post photos, include commentaries and answer emails. Staggering to contemplate. Job well done.

Posted by: Kay (Leah) | May 16, 2012 3:39:38 PM

Coupla tools might help:

Dragon Dictate--to get your thoughts down ASAP on iDevice. Free, the way we like it.
A friend swears by Evernote for iPad.
DropBox, to keep notes in sync.
There are also voice recorder apps, but they don't transcribe. Good in a pinch to save thoughts.
iDevice Notes app is surprisingly handy. And it syncs.

== PT , technical writer

Posted by: PT | May 16, 2012 2:54:20 PM

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