One of the more interesting things I’ve noticed about my new job is how much more “stuff” I seem to collect. For whatever reason there seems to be more (and varied) files and printouts and pictures and videos and stacks.
Oi the stacks.
When I was still writing code all day, or least pretending to, I had one stack. It was the “This junk needs to be taken to the recycling bin downstairs but that implies carrying it all downstairs which considering the fact that downstairs is downstairs from where I’m at makes it a royal PITA stack.” Eventually the stack would quite literally reach a tipping point and the stack would become a pile at which time something simply had to be done.
Now I stop and look around and I have a least eight and a half stacks and I’m highly suspicious that there are another couple that quickly hide whenever I look in their direction. The old recycling stack still exists, which is a testament to laziness in that I could, if a standing wall were not withstanding, easily hit the recycling bin from my current seat. Given a couple of tries I could probably even do it left handed.
But now I’ve also got a TestTrack Pro stack, a TestTrack TCM stack, a Surround SCM stack, a book publisher stack, an unread magazine stack, and several funny little note card stacks that I blame entirely on Merlin Mann and David Allen. Well, truthfully, it isn’t all their fault, JK Rowling should shoulder some of the blame for interrupting The Process as it were.
If we really geek out and consider folders on a harddrive stacks then I think I’m just going to cry. Or perhaps I’ll just starting drinking. Heck, maybe I’ll do both, that seems like a reasonable multitasking pair.
Now I have high hopes that the stacks will get better after they get much worse as the new TestTrack and new Surround releases get out there. I’d just as soon spill the beans and tell you all the new features now, I mean we’re all friends here. That way the product specific stacks could be merged with the recycling stack and I’ll guarantee you when that happens the bin will be getting a visit or twelve. Unfortunately, I can’t do that yet. I know, it’s killing me too.
I can give you a hint though. Or can I? Hmm, the decisions. Let’s just say that the new TestTrack will help me deal with the stacks. Kind of. Sort of. Unfortunately his brother Surround will just be an enabler and allow more stacks. Metaphorically, hypothetically, dodgy grammatically speaking that is.
So, anyhow, that’s my random observation of the day. I’ll even sum up the whole post in case you skipped to the end. “Blah blah blah stacks blah blah vodka blah blah blah I really shouldn’t so I won’t sorry about that blah blah to the blah.”
Someday, if you’re really lucky, I’ll work up the courage to talk about my lists. That’ll make the stacks look like simple piles of paper. Even the stack that’s made up of lists.