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March 2, 2020

WH Review of Week 20 (Feb 24th - March 1st)

Filed under: Will Haack — Will Haack @ 2:04 a.m.

I do not have much output to review. Between derpage, dealing with the mechanic, and saltmines,1 I had little time left over to publish on my blog / do tmsr work. I only produced a few reviewed outlines and two small paragraphs for ztkfg. I also read through 2/3 of Butcher's translation of Aristotle's Poetics2 while taking notes. I will finish reading Poetics by tonight and get started on writing a What Makes For a Good Tragedy article.

The failure from last weeks plan is:

2.5 missed articles
Missing plan / action towards making a mirror of wot.deeedbot.org
Missing solution to thefleet crashing

I read dorion's review and your suggested end of day questions. I understand that these are meant to be done daily, but for this week's review I've put my general thoughts each question evoked below.

1. What did I spend my time on? (ie you'll need there to end up with some timings listed so yeah, you'll have to track time too as a prerequisite, which is as it should be)

- This reminds me I need to install jfw's clock tool or something similar. I had this as a task before but ran into a problem with a dependency or something and did not complete it. I've created a folder ~/timesheet with its first file 1_3_20.txt where I will start filling out w/ time windows and what I did during them. I'll do this manually until I have an automated tool for it.

2. Where did I ask smart questions? Where could/should I have asked *more* questions?

- A problem that comes to mind is I still depend on search engines for answers to questions despite having published articles about how search engines are misleading. Truthfully, I don't believe that search engines are completely useless. For questions such as : where is this restaurant? I think Google maps is one of the better places to find an answer.3 I also think Google is at least *okay* at being used as a grep on sites (i.e. site:trilema.com "a compendium of basic points" ..) So my first question is: is there a place at all for using search engines?

3. Where did I deliver on my word and where did I fail to deliver? What did I do to mitigate the fail and what do I need to do + who do I need to talk to tomorrow to sort the fail(s) out?

- The first thought that came to mind when I read this was I've been so inconsistent that until I solve problems with my work process the scope of promises I can make is quite small. I.e. to mitigate failing on keeping my word, I need to achieve a higher level of productivity.

4. What are the priorities for tomorrow? (those should include whatever you got from 3 above, as *first priorities* and then what comes from looking at the plan and at what you did + where you are).

- I discussed this issue with you a week ago about not even looking at my schedule for the day and trying instead to go off of memory. I will make a point to review the schedule for the next day the previous night.

5. How can I better use my available resources ?

I have a laptop with a fresh gentoo lying around. It doesn't have enough space to be a trb node but perhaps I can purpose it for something.

6. What should I do *differently* for better results tomorrow?

Since my biggest derpage yesterday was wasting brain cycles messaging a lady I have turned off my phone4 and placed it in a different room along with my tolietbox until I get my tasks done for the day.

  1. Really, saltmines and mechanic fall into the derpage category. []
  2. The 90% of it that is still left on mit classics, that is. []
  3. I recall an article on trilema about how google maps had a bunch of outdated information . I don't think I've personally experienced the problem of Maps having stale data. []
  4. Fwiw, I don't actually message with my phone's interface, the messages get routed to the whatsapp app on my tolietbox []

4 Comments »

  1. I will finish reading Poetics by tonight and get started on writing a What Makes For a Good Tragedy article.

    Argh, you will write no such thing, ffs. Aristotle wrote that and no, you are not going to even pretend to write something like that. What you'll do after finishing reading Poetics is - you'll read it again, from perseus: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3atext%3a1999.01.0056

    You can write an article on whatever else that you actually know and understand properly, be it from your daily interactions if nothing else comes to mind. Tone it down already, as it's the only way to get it to the point from where you can grow it up properly.

    So my first question is: is there a place at all for using search engines?

    Is Google Maps a *search engine* now? Last I looked it was an interactive map at most so for roads it works at times and in places, sure. I have no idea how up to date they are with roads in CR though and do note that for Romania and for Italy too it was at times terribly poor to the extent that it would get you stuck or on the worst road you'd never take otherwise. That's the issue with going for those "easy" and "convenient" options really - you don't even *know what and how* they'll screw you over because how can you know it? So for starters and especially since you are planning a trip, get yourself a proper map of CR and study it upfront + take it with you (not necessarily as the *only* option but as ONE reliable option). Maps also may be better or worse, of course.

    Re search engines and their usefulness in general - they are tools so the usefulness depends really on how well you understand exactly how they work and therefore how well you use them aka fit them to the task. So the question doesn't make a whole lot of sense in general like that - sure, you can use google as a sort of grep, as you say. Does that mean google is a useful search engine?

    At 5 and 6 your answers are especially superficial to the point of rendering the questions totally useless really. Your resources include indeed leftover laptops and whatnots but the more crucial resources are entirely others - your time, your opportunities, other people's time and help etc. And the only sort of different that will lead to growth over the long term is one that requires deeper changes of *you*, not just cosmetic props that workaround -for a while,as how could they be for any longer- all sorts. So go deeper when answering those questions, search for the root cause of idiotic behaviour and stomp THAT down with all you've got, already.

    Comment by Diana Coman — March 2, 2020 @ 7:59 a.m.

  2. Noted, I will discard the writing assignment I choose for myself. Fwiw the aim was to be a summary of sorts, I should have made that explicit. (I did write an outline last night.)

    > Is Google Maps a *search engine* now? Last I looked it was an interactive map at most so for roads it works at times and in places, sure. I have no idea how up to date they are with roads in CR though and do note that for Romania and for Italy too it was at times terribly poor to the extent that it would get you stuck or on the worst road you'd never take otherwise. That's the issue with going for those "easy" and "convenient" options really - you don't even *know what and how* they'll screw you over because how can you know it? So for starters and especially since you are planning a trip, get yourself a proper map of CR and study it upfront + take it with you (not necessarily as the *only* option but as ONE reliable option). Maps also may be better or worse, of course.

    I see how tools like Google Maps make one completely dependent.

    > Re search engines and their usefulness in general - they are tools so the usefulness depends really on how well you understand exactly how they work and therefore how well you use them aka fit them to the task. So the question doesn't make a whole lot of sense in general like that - sure, you can use google as a sort of grep, as you say. Does that mean google is a useful search engine?

    So could one say Google is useful _sometimes_ iff you already know what you're looking for?

    > At 5 and 6 your answers are especially superficial to the point of rendering the questions totally useless really. Your resources include indeed leftover laptops and whatnots but the more crucial resources are entirely others - your time, your opportunities, other people's time and help etc. And the only sort of different that will lead to growth over the long term is one that requires deeper changes of *you*, not just cosmetic props that workaround -for a while,as how could they be for any longer- all sorts. So go deeper when answering those questions, search for the root cause of idiotic behaviour and stomp THAT down with all you've got, already.

    Okay, I'll look deeper at the root issues instead of playing whack-a-mole with the symptoms.

    Comment by Will Haack — March 2, 2020 @ 5:38 p.m.

  3. http://trilema.com/2017/fake-news-are-just-one-tail-of-the-failed-female-state/ re footnote 3.

    Comment by Jacob Welsh — March 3, 2020 @ 6:18 p.m.

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