May 24th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances

Things to do on a Friday

I've now twice discovered that things I thought were happening today aren't. That it's slightly disorienting isn't the problem. That I need to schedule myself to work for the afternoon means that I need to decide what it is I should be doing today. I can't very well translate German all day. It's nothing against German, but it takes me circa 10 minutes to translate most sentences in this book. The grammar's fine, but I just don't know the vocabulary yet. Perhaps many months from now when I've completed the chapter...

So, one page of German is on my agenda for the day. That covers about half the day.

If only my computer would arrive, I know exactly what I need to do. But no, I need to be able to achieve work today even without it. I haven't read Science and Creation yet, that's an option. (And no, it has nothing to do with Darwinism, let alone the 19th, 20th, or 21st centuries.) Actually, I do have a list of odds and ends which qualify as PhD, if not dissertation, related: compile list of interesting conferences and their deadlines; order 2 books which are VERY relevant to work; and write up capsule summaries of topics I would be interested in developing into a conference paper. There. That's a day's worth of work.

3 hours for German. 3 for making conference list and also writing at least 1 summary. Ordering the books might take half an hour if I'm easily sidetracked by the rest of the catalogs. And my backup activity will be reading that slightly-more-related-than-the-last-oe book.

(C. suggested I write a book review of the vaguely-related book so I would remember what it was about. I did it last night. Good me. I'm a lousy note-taker while reading since I either write down things randomly interesting, or so many things that the book is never finished because I'm so busy writing.)
Fishy Circumstances

Computer arrives!

Hurray! I gave up waiting on the store I ordered it from (it had been a full two weeks) and went to a store which had the thing in stock and just went ahead and did it. What a pretty computer it is, although I know it will take at least several days to acclimatize to the new layout and OS. But it should be worth it for the stability the new machine will provide. Hopefully my new toy justifies my only partially productive day. It certainly has filled up several hours of it so far, what with getting it, starting to find all the relevant software, learning how to configure it.

So what DID I get done today, among those things I indended to do? About an hour of German and maybe an hour and a half of finding conference listings. I sent off 2 emails to get info on professional organizations. And was generally very distractable.

The day is sunny and lovely and warm, so of course i was distractable. And I wasn't particularly focused or motivated today. The two-inch-long German sentence I ran into after an hour intimidated me. And I had evening plans to work out.... (housewarming party! Looks like I won't be attending the Institute's event at this rate since it starts in 15 minutes. Can't do everything.)

I discovered I know - sort of know - a LJ user who happened to be only the second LJ user whose entries i was browsing through. The commonality was from interests, not geography at all. I don't even know if we've ever talked, but she's someone I wave at regularly around campus. It's a small, small world sometimes.

Dilemma: Anime convention is this weekend. And Eurovision is tomorrow. Conflict!