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MultiTasking, A Vision of Students Today

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Mar. 1st, 2008 | 05:09 am

Christine sent me this video today "A Vision of Students Today".

I had seen it before, but it stuck in my brain this time.

The comments that I found most striking were on how much time in a day is spent on projects, and what the total time required to finish a project was.

We humans multitask, we have to today.

Years ago I started commenting on "Buffy Features" or "Airplane Projects".

A "Buffy Feature" is a feature I worked on while watching TV. An Airplane Project happens when I am flying.

Buffy work tends to be code maintenance. I add small features, or I refactor projects.

Airplane work tends to be new efforts. libmemcached and mod_mp3 are like that. The thread work I did on mysqlimport in MySQL 5.1 was done on a Boston to Seattle flight.

An executive once told me/asked me "why do you work on flights? You could sleep!".

Bah Humbug!

Flights are long periods of time for concentration for me, with the only real limits being whether or not I have enough battery power. London to Seattle this week was the replication code I wrote about a few days ago.

And when I do not code? I read books...

...while listening to either music or a podcast from my ipod.

I started this message at 4:50 AM.

What were you doing with your time?

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rainblogger

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from: rainblogger
date: Mar. 1st, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
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What was I doing with my time at 4:50 AM today?

Lying in bed, daydreaming about a pink-haired girl, me and your hottub. :-)

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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date: Mar. 1st, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Well then you should ping me about when the two of you want to come by and hang out later :)

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awfief

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date: Mar. 7th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
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Interesting about multitasking, as Pythian forces me to do less when I'm at work...as a result I focus more and get more stuff done.

But I do have the radio on. When I make or receive a phone call, I turn it off, and the times when I forget to turn it on, I notice something out of place. Like when you have to go to the bathroom but have to finish that line of code; I turn the music on and am *relieved*.

I miss the time I spent commuting by bus/subway, because now I can only listen to podcasts, and not listen to podcasts+knit+commute.

I watch a lot of TV, but I watch precious little where I'm also not doing something else -- a "Buffy" project, nor

The problem is that then I end up doing a lot of "Buffy" projects, and not a lot of "airplane" projects -- I need to focus more on doing stuff where I can't multitask, like editing videos and creating and editing podcasts.

So, there's a balance. Certainly there are times I need to veg and not do anything....but those are few and far between. I am often "doing" something.

How do you read and listen to podcasts, and absorb all that information? My brain can't process both listening to information and reading different information. Also, I can't read and listen to music...not sure why, since I do it at work, but I can't do it for other stuff.

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