Scenes From An Adium Window

Published 12 years, 1 month ago

Excerpt from an IM session that just now concluded:

Molly Holzschlag: you seem to be a bit more organized than I do

Molly Holzschlag: although your office looks a lot like mine :)

Eric Meyer: My data is organized.  My life is not.

  1. And yes, I know it should be “my data are organized”. Like everyone else, I get sloppy in IM.

  2. You’re blogging to yourself, Eric. Just in case you didn’t notice.

  3. All Eric’s data are belong to us.

  4. Ah ah, too funny, especially Molly’s comment.

  5. My data is organized. My life is not.

    If only my study was as organised as my data…

    Mind you I can’t defrag, back up or archive the crap in my study; which makes it harder ;)

  6. It’s not always an advantage to have your stuff organized though; I remember everytime my mother had tried cleaning up my room, afterwards it was nearly impossible to find the things I needed on my own. Fortunately, she has always kept her hands from my computer…

  7. Ben: yeah you can! It’s just much more effort :)

  8. I think disorganisation is one of the hallmarks of the geek mind: NADD seems worryingly common and Linus Torvalds “really can’t plan my way out of a cardboard box” (source).

    You’re far from alone. ;-)

  9. hmmmmmm. i must stand alone then. not only is my code super organized, but so is my desk, my car, my life.

    but those HAVE to be organized, cause my brain is not! :-)

  10. I’ve always made a case for my “spatial filing system”. The tradition of filing in two dimensions (think bookcases, shelves) and limited 3D (filing cabinets, drawers) is restricting. I know where things are in space; I vector. Once someone tidies, or forces you to tidy, the vectors lose their uniqueness; stuff goes missing!

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  12. I just realized I’ve been trying to defrag my Stuff in preparation for a relocation but calling it that didn’t occur to me at the time. At one point in my life I had the Stuff in boxes in three states. Don’t worry, there is a fair amount of deleting going on while I defrag.

  13. list($data, $life) = my($life, $data);

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