Online, Real Life

NADD. What Was The Problem?

NADD already has been the subject on this blog, thank to Rands, but last days I have noticed that my case is getting worse again. Courtesy of getting to know the Mac platform better, worrying less about dating and way too many things going on right now, I must admit that my focus seems to come back.

What proves this? My NADD. The numbers of projects I have been taking on over the last 2 weeks has significantly grown again, with the usual pressure of having taken on way too much already. And still I usually manage to find some time to discover new stuff.
Tell me what’s on your tray, screen right now. And what else goes through your mind?

This is my palette right at the moment:

  • As usually music is playing. Stalk me at last.fm. I even manage it to skip tracks, I don’t like, in Party Shuffle .
  • Both Mail and NetNewsWire are constantly open and update regularly. I love to keep both read and answered if needed. I like it clean, empty.
  • The usual tabs (around 7) are open in Safari and checked regularly .
  • Coda has become a part of my daily after work workflow. In Coda, 2 projects: a WP design and Chyrp. Both call for Photoshop with 2 different mockups.
  • Today I have been playing with Tablecloth and Blueprint.
  • Several IRC rooms open in Colloquy.
  • Restricted IM profile in Adium and obviously Twitterific.

Other thoughts occupying me right at the moment are the day job and the project we recently started plus two major annoyances we bumped in to at work last 10 days. Those 3 factors actually already large enough to occupy most people and make them look forward to a relaxed evening in front of the tube.

But in the evening, when arriving home, there’s the bane of the online presence calling me. The inconvenience about being in the active online back end world, wanting to stay up to date? It’s not the high amount of hours or the double shift, it’s the desire of always wanting to try out the newest stuff. New software, new online platforms and applications even . It’s the thrill to learn new stuff.

And then there’s the dating thing and upcoming V-Day. I have been invited already. I haven’t RSVP’ed yet.

Right now, I must take care of my laundry though and then spend an hour cleaning. I think. If the internet doesn’t call me back. Or new entries tumbled in my feed reader.
Luckily I have no kids, that would just dry me insane!

I do not visit social networks anymore. I have left the sphere around problogging and both were a relieve. I also have buried some other ongoing annoyances from last 2 years: exes and the trainwreck BlogExplosion.

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That's Me

Almost A Manual Of Me

I am tempted to entitle Michael Lopp (Rands In Repose) ‘Best Blogger All Times’.

But probably only for nerds and Las Vegas fans. If you’ve never read Las Vegas Guide, start here. It’s an absolute must to read this. Even if you think knowing Vegas.

Rands had already earned the respect of every nerd years ago, with his Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder essay.

Folks, I’m a nerd. I need rapid fire content delivery in short, clever, punch phrases. Give me Coupland, give me Calvin’n’Hobbes, give me Asimov, give me The Watchmen. I need this type of content because I’m horribly afflicted with NADD.

Folks, this isn’t multi-tasking. This is advanced case of Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder. I am unable to function at my desktop unless I’ve got, at least, five things going on at the same time. If your count came close, you’re probably afflicted, as well. Most excellent.

And his latest essay, The Nerd Handbook, is another winner.

Your nerd lives in a monospaced typeface world. Whereas everyone else is traipsing around picking dazzling fonts to describe their world, your nerd has carefully selected a monospace typeface, which he avidly uses to manipulate the world deftly via a command line interface while the rest fumble around with a mouse.
The reason for this typeface selection is, of course, practicality. Monospace typefaces have a knowable width. Ten letters on one line are same width as ten other letters, which puts the world into a pleasant grid construction where X and Y mean something.

The ability to instantly context switch also comes from a life on the computer. Your nerd’s mental information model for the world is one contained within well-bounded tidy windows where the most important tool is one that allows your nerd to move swiftly from one window to the next. It’s irrelevant that there may be no relationship between these windows. Your nerd is used to making huge contextual leaps where he’s talking to a friend in one window, worrying about his 401k in another, and reading about World War II in yet another.

Oh, go read it yourself! NOW!.

Personally, I am still ignoring the facts: I’m no nerd! And I will never be.

But hardly anyone is as quotable as Rands In Repose. And it’s weirdly annoying to realize, admit, how often I can just hold hands up, reading Rands’s essays. Even though I don’t like toys and gadgets. Well not your typical nerd toys/gadgets. :D

In the meanwhile, until I accept the truth… I’ll just look forward to another truth. One I fondly agree with.

As a side note: People can be relevant. As long as they trip the relevancy flag. When, we’ll engage heart and soul. The right person probably is the relevancy flag impersonated. ;-)

Edit: After re-reading it once more, I luckily am glad that my social skills ARE better than portrayed in the essay. When the other people deserve my attention.
Edit 2: The title of this entry, Someone Just Wrote A Manual Of Me, really disturbed me. Some points in the entry are totally not me, mainly the social skills factor. I edited the title.

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