Monthly Archives: June 2010

>What I’m reading now


“As the author sees it, the Earth is God’s pinball machine and each quake, tidal wave, flash flood and volcanic eruption is the result of a TILT that occurs when God, cheating, tries to win free games.”

Tom Robbins,  
Even Cowgirls 
The Blues

>What I’m reading now

>“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players (ie., everybody), to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”

– Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman,

>What I’m reading now

>”Weren’t we all crazy in our sleep? What was sleep, after all, but the process by which we dumped our insanity into a dark subconscious pit and came out on the other side ready to eat cereal instead of our neighbor’s children?”

– Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

>What I’m reading now

>“Given a relatively level playing field – i.e., water deep enough so that a Shark could maneuver proficiently, but shallow enough so that a Bear could stand and operate with its characteristic dexterity – who would win in a fight between a Bear and a Shark?”

Chris Bachelder, Bear V Shark

>What I’m reading now

“Nostalgia and hope stand equally in the way of authentic experience.”

– Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

>Rebunking the debunked myth of multitasking

>There’s been a trend lately where some people bloggers are saying that we are actually incapable of multitasking (at worst) or just absolute crap at multitasking (at best). They say the way to Doing Stuff nirvana is to focus on one task and only that one task.

Well, DUH. Of course you are going to be more effective and efficient if you focus on just one thing, instead of letting your attention scatter across 100 different tasks. That’s just common sense, yo.

Most of these blog posts speak of how to minimise distractions so that you are more effectively “unitasking” (Yarg! What a horrifying word!) What they don’t ever seem to touch upon is why we are freaking distracted in the first freaking place.

Frankly, I multitask because I’m bored, not because I think it is not cool to concentrate on one thing at a time. BORED.

There are times when multitasking makes infinitely more sense than (bleh) unitasking.


I’m going to mental vomit a little every time I use that word, ‘mkay? 


At home, consider laundry. How useful would unitasking that shit be?  Would you just sit in front of the washing machine and wait for the load to finish?  Same with making dinner – you wouldn’t be able to start on making dessert until after the lasagne was finished baking. That’s not more efficient than multitasking, that’s retarded. There are just some things you do that cry out for you to multitask. No reason why I can’t read a book while doing laundry or drink a beer while my flatmate makes dinner.

No matter how much crapola I have on my to-do list, or how much the phone rings or how funny the Skype chat gets at work, if I am completely absorbed in a project/task/whatever I don’t even hear the siren call of gmail, Skype, lolcatz (whatever your poison might be) let alone answer the call. I become wholly absorbed in that one thing.

It is when the task at hand (like stamping invoices as paid) only takes up a portion of my brain that my brain goes for a wander. Or if I am putting off doing something because it isn’t as fun (analysing phone bills) as something else I would rather be doing (watching The Simpsons).

The secret to focusing has nothing to do with minimising distractions, willpower or ensuring that you are (bleh) unitasking. The secret is to find shit that is awesome that you want to think about, be involved in and absolutely love doing. Anything less doesn’t deserve 100% of your attention; fuck unitasking tasks that don’t make the cut.