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November 18, 2019

RMD review, Nov 11th-Nov 17th

Filed under: Robinson Dorion — Robinson Dorion @ 2:12 a.m.

The past week was one of my most eventful to date and likely one I'll be remembering for quite some time. I'm honored to preserve the flow of events and how I changed on these pages, so lettuce recount.

Monday I set up some meetings with local contacts, chipped away at my article reviewing my 7 years living in Panama, supported Jacob in our session with clients in which they V pressed TRB and started their initial sync and supported Jacob in the analysis which resulted in him winning the No Such lAbs auction.

Tuesday I worked the meat-WoT over coffee, sat at the grown up table as Mircea Popescu qualified Gales Linux through conversation with Jacob, which exposed a few short comings both technically and managerially and shed light on a more productive way forward.

Wednesday, I awoke to announce the noon deadline I had set for my Panama article would be missed. This lead to a constructive conversation through which I came to realize that I was misusing the concept of buffer time for completing a task. Given my n00bish planing and writing skills, I'll start doubling my initial estimates and work on erring on delivering well before deadlines rather than being constantly late.

I published Life on the Isthmus, 83 monts in. early Thursday morning1, which felt great to get out.

Thursday morning I woke up to comments to process and constructive feedback. It occurs to me rather than abiding points 1 and 4 of the Pageboy's Pledge, I made a justification of the shortcomings of my writing which were exposed. While I noted them as shortcomings and stated my plan to work on them, I didn't ask for help nor open myself up to the gifts of feedback received. I closed down instead of asking asking my Master and MP directly for advice or if there were other examples of dense points of interest that could use clarification2.

Thursday afternoon I supported Jacob in a session where clients learned about TRB node operation, in the evening I game planned Pizarro auction with Jacob and chipped away at publishing our business plan.

Friday morning, I chatted in Jacob's ear from the outfield as he pitched through a relatively action packed Pizarro auction which resulted in him winning the lot of 18 FUCKGOATS. The afternoon and evening3 consisted of finishing the JWRD Business Plan.

It felt great to get published and the response Saturday morning was even more satisfying. Yeah, parts were torn to shreds, but what'dja expect when you signed up to have your betters help you kill your stupidtitty4 ? I've yet to crack the title puzzle, and I'm still very much at the beginning of walking down this path. With that being said, I reckon I've found my feet and substantial uncertainty previously residing in my dome piece has received its eviction notice and I'm quite excited to clean out that dead weight.

Better planning, better time keeping, better communication are all major ongoing improvement projects, but improved they will be.

  1. Missing the midnight #2 deadline. This time by ~4 hours. []
  2. I'm not beating myself up or dwelling on this because I am committed to both improving my writing and opening myself up to the gift of feedback, but pointing it out to make sure it's pointed out by me. Any beatings deserved I'll welcome and use to improve. []
  3. I didn't publicly acknowledge and readjust the noon Friday deadline, I just continued to grind. That can't happen again, man up and speak boy. []
  4. Sugar & Spice and everything nice ? Hm ? []

7 Comments »

  1. "but pointing it out to make sure it's pointed out by me" - heh, good for you; and no, it's not that it wasn't noticed, it's just that you've been allowed some extra time to speak up on it. Ftr, the convo on time management came up precisely because of *all* those missed and messed up deadlines + estimations, not just the one you acknowledged.

    Acutely missing here is a direct look at your original plan vs how the week turned up, especially since you had already done some tweaks there - how well did those work & to what extent were they actually what was needed?

    And since Hannah was kind enough to solve the main part of the puzzle for you already, might as well add part 2: http://trilema.com/2010/formule-de-salut/?b=formula&e=#select

    In your writing as in interaction too from what I've seen so far, you tend to assume rather too quickly that things are just what you glanced at first sight. Such an approach is anyway dubious at best but it's especially backfiring for you because you still need to train your first sight way more. You are quite good at integrating things (ie wide net there) and that's great and it's helping you loads but this world has depth too and quite a lot of it at that.

    Comment by Diana Coman — November 18, 2019 @ 5:43 p.m.

  2. And the English article for the ref

    Comment by Diana Coman — November 18, 2019 @ 5:45 p.m.

  3. it's not that it wasn't noticed

    Ftr, I didn't meant to imply it wasn't, I suspected it was.

    Acutely missing here is a direct look at your original plan vs how the week turned up, especially since you had already done some tweaks there - how well did those work & to what extent were they actually what was needed?

    Good point. I have some time sensitive chores prior to travel, but will prosecute that prior to leaving.

    Thanks for the second piece of the puzzle, mind if I ask how long it took you to solve it ? (Apart from the decades of prior training, lol)

    In your writing as in interaction too from what I've seen so far, you tend to assume rather too quickly that things are just what you glanced at first sight. Such an approach is anyway dubious at best but it's especially backfiring for you because you still need to train your first sight way more. You are quite good at integrating things (ie wide net there) and that's great and it's helping you loads but this world has depth too and quite a lot of it at that.

    Hmm. I'm please with how accurate this comment hits. Calls to mind the point MP made recently.

    Any pointers on how to deepen my processing capacity and training my first sight ?

    A couple that come to mind are, 1) re-read more with fresh eyes. Take a note of the first impression, come back with Costanza skepticism ("If your instincts are wrong, doing the opposite of your instincts will be correct.") on n+1 passes and see what's what then; 2) continue expanding my language set to mitigate the English; 3) Blogging as a form of processing the ideas into clearly written ARTICLES and processing the comment + else feedback.

    Comment by Robinson Dorion — November 18, 2019 @ 6:41 p.m.

  4. to add a 4) there's also asking the speaker for clarification.

    Those numbers aren't meant to signify importance, but the order they came to mind.

    Comment by Robinson Dorion — November 18, 2019 @ 7:37 p.m.

  5. For your pointers there: 3 is certainly going to help you a lot; 4 should be done anyway whenever you need clarifications but note that more information is not always... clarification, ahem; 2 won't hurt but I doubt it will do a lot just like that all by itself but this being said, I am not able to fully picture single-language existence so at the very least it should add some more depth to *you* if nothing else, lol; 1 fresh eyes and fresh mind will help but on the "instincts" part things get murky: be careful what you call instincts to start with.

    Remember that discussion of defining by parts vs by subtraction? That was precisely something concrete to help you with this. It is and will be worked on as part of everything else you do but I pointed it out to you so that you keep an eye on it and hopefully catch yourself at times/get better at it easier by knowing what the problem is to start with. As to more on it, while I might see more even at 5k miles distance just because of taking the time to actually look, it takes time and a lot of things to look at before more comes into focus.

    Heh re solving puzzle. The parts above literally took the 2 minutes to find the articles, I just knew exactly what I was looking for and why (at a first pass I could easily say "because of familiarity with MP's articles" but it's really more than that at root). For the pa&ptCdrhuR part, I knew it was still some latin acronym but had no idea what from/for - rather I had some idea but not the right one. It still took me about 5 minutes to find out though and you'll tell me: how did I find out that quickly?

    Comment by Diana Coman — November 19, 2019 @ 1:10 p.m.

  6. Meant to add but elbowed the enter key too early: so far what I'd say is... slow down a bit; I know it's a lot of change going on and a lot of history going into it and into "move fast or you sink" but one advantage of making it to places with a lot of depth is that they are quite stable; and so there is time to take it slower and ... calm down. Talking of which, you do seem so, so... tense (and intense too) at times but I can't yet tell fully the story there and so I'll leave it for now as just this observation, that it seemed so to me, possibly wrongly.

    Comment by Diana Coman — November 19, 2019 @ 1:21 p.m.

  7. > I am not able to fully picture single-language existence so at the very least it should add some more depth to *you* if nothing else, lol

    Lol, I can imagine the difficulty. One gain I've experienced since learning to appreciate Spanish is it has. Made me more aware of poor English I was otherwise speaking/writing myself or being exposed to unconsciously.

    > but one advantage of making it to places with a lot of depth is that they are quite stable; and so there is time to take it slower and ... calm down. Talking of which, you do seem so, so... tense (and intense too) at times but I can't yet tell fully the story there and so I'll leave it for now as just this observation, that it seemed so to me, possibly wrongly.

    I take this observation as right on the money. These past few weeks were quite intense, mainly caused from uncertainty on a lot of levels combined with learning a new tool set and mindset to adapt to the conversation and rhythm.

    While many, if not all the major uncertainties/insecurities have been brought to the table and clarified. I expect this shift to make more space for more productive tension/intensity.

    With the being said, since a youg age I was known ro wear my passion on my sleeves. The expression of that intensity has morphed over the years such that I have more control over how I act out the passion, but still see a lot of room to grow the
    understanding and control.

    There is more in your comment for me to process and appreciate and it's quite deep so sending these initial thoughts now and will circle back with more. Thank you!

    Comment by Robinson Dorion — November 23, 2019 @ 3:18 a.m.

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