Thoughts After a Long Day of Driving

Forgive the short post but I am mentally drained. I spent 9 hours driving today, and have another 8 hours or so of driving tomorrow to go.

While I drive, I listen to audio books and think thoughts. On the drive today I finished up George Dyson’s excellent book Turing’s Cathedral. I also got through most of Cal Newport’s newest book A World Without Email. Tomorrow, I’ll turn my attention to Alan Turing.

Here are a few things on my mind:

  • I peeked at my work email. I didn’t mean to, since I am on vacation, but I sort of did it by accident. I learned that people have scheduled 6 meetings with me for when I am back on Wednesday, including 4 between 11 am – 1 pm.
  • My Python code could be more efficient than it is. I tend to go for speed, to get something working quick and dirty, rather than look for elegant solutions. But I appreciate elegant solutions.
  • Remember when hotels had stationary in the desk drawer? Even before COVID?
  • The Easter Mass this year took 40 minutes. Is it me, or does that seems unusually fast?
  • What does it mean to be productive? I’ll be writing more about this at some point.
  • Isn’t it strange how some hour-long meetings feel like they last a week, but a week-long vacation feels like it lasts an hour?
  • Isaac Asimov died 29 years ago today.

Back home later this afternoon!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.


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